Museums and galleries

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This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on museums and galleries. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
13.12.2012The Parthenon sculptures
The Parthenon Sculptures.
23.06.2009Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill: Committee stage report
This Bill (formerly known as the Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Andrew Dismore. It gives the trustees of various public museums in Great Britain the power to transfer any cultural objects currently held in their collections which had been misappropriated by the Nazi regime between 1939 and 1945, so that they can be restored to the lawful owners or their heirs. This is a report on the Committee stage of the Bill.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.01.2012FUTURE OF THE WEDGWOOD MUSEUM
That this House notes with grave concern the decision of the High Court on 19 December 2011 to allow the contents of the UNESCO-listed Wedgwood Museum to be sold to service a pension ...
11.05.2011FUTURE OF THE SIDE GALLERY IN NEWCASTLE
That this House calls on Arts Council England to review its decision to cut funding for the Side Gallery in Newcastle; recognises the unique work of the Side Gallery as the only gallery ...
14.03.2011MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES IN WALSALL SOUTH
That this House recognises the extensive and vibrant collection of the New Art Gallery in Walsall as a vital cultural resource for the local community and for visitors from further ...
03.03.2011PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS ACT 1964 (AMENDMENT) BILL
That this House notes the provisions of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 (Amendment) Bill introduced by the hon. Member for Wirral South on 1 December 2010; recognises the ...
26.01.2011MADAME TUSSAUDS IN MUMBAI
That this House congratulates Madame Tussauds on unveiling its fifth Bollywood star wax work figure, Hrithik Roshan, at its London museum; notes the fact that along with Hrithik Roshan, ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses