Cultural treasures worth £60 million for the nation

12 Sep 2019 11:25 AM

In the past year the government’s Cultural Gifts and Acceptance in Lieu schemes have accepted 46 cases worth £58.6 million for the nation, as highlighted in our annual report published yesterday.

CGS AIL annual report 2019

Read the Cultural Gift Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu Annual Report 2018/19

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In a record-breaking year for the schemes, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, furniture, archives, manuscripts – and even a 17th-century manor house –  worth nearly £60 million have been accepted for the nation.

They have been allocated to public institutions across the UK, such as the British Museum, National Museum Wales, Fitzwilliam, Ashmolean and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, as well as a number of first time allocatees, including the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Staffordshire Archive Service, where they are available for everyone to engage with and enjoy.

Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council Englandyesterday said:

The Acceptance in Lieu and Cultural Gifts Schemes [are] two hugely important ways for exceptional works of art, objects, manuscripts and archives to enter public collections throughout the country – making a valuable contribution to local communities and enjoyed by millions.

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