The Department is responsible for protecting cultural objects of outstanding quality for the whole nation, in particular through export controls and the Acceptance of Cultural Objects In Lieu of taxes.
The Treasure Act 1996 secures historic gold and silver artefacts, found by members of the public, for acquisition by museums and galleries of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that they may be displayed. On the same lines, the Portable Antiquities Scheme has ensured the recording of over 100,000 archaeological objects, made as chance finds in England and Wales.
The Government Indemnity Scheme also acts as an insurance scheme for major public exhibitions of artistic, historic, scientific or technological cultural objects.
Cultural Property policy aims to improve access for all by permitting and encouraging the highest quality works of art to remain and be displayed in the United Kingdom.