Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2008-09

This report includes:

  1. The fifth annual report to Parliament on the operation of the export controls on objects of cultural interest by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This  is required by section 10(1) (a) of the Export Control Act 2002 (the 2002 Act). The report covers the period 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.
  2. The 55th Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) 2007-08. The report covers the period 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.

Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2008-09

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The RCEWA is an independent advisory body, was first appointed in 1952 (following the recommendations of the “Waverley” Committee). It’s terms of reference are:

  1. to advise on the principles which should govern the control of export of works of art and antiques under the Import, Export and Customs Powers (Defense ) Act 1939;
  2. to consider all the cases where refusal of an export licence for a work of art or antique is suggested on grounds of national importance; and,
  3. to advise in cases where a Special Exchequer Grant is needed towards the purchase of an object that would otherwise be exported. 

The "Waverley" criteria are:

 History Aeshetics  Scholarship 
 Is it so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune?  Is it of outstanding aesthetic importance?  Is it of outstanding significance for the study of some particular branch of art, learning or history?
 Waverley 1  Waverley 2  Waverley 3

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