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Items for Allocation

Once an object has been accepted in lieu, it is allocated by the Minister to a suitable museum or gallery. MLA's AIL Panel provides the Minister with advice on the allocation of all objects, other than manuscripts, which have been accepted in lieu. (In the case of manuscripts, allocation recommendations are made by the Historical Manuscripts Commission.) Where an offer has been made conditional upon allocation to a particular place and the Minister has agreed to that allocation, the object is immediately transferred to that institution as soon as the offer is completed. It will not be advertised on this page.

Where an offer is made with a wish as to allocation or with neither a wish nor a condition, the acceptance of the item is advertised on this page and details of the item are given.

Where the offer was accepted with a wish to a particular place, the name of the gallery or museum is given.

In making a case for allocation the applicant should address first and foremost the issue of how the public will be given access to the item. Where it is consistent with the conservation requirements of the object, the normal expectation is for open public display. How the item would fit in with the existing collection of the applicant should also be considered along with its use in the educational program of the applicant.

MLA strongly encourages museums and galleries which have not previously received an object accepted in lieu to consider making applications for allocation, especially where there the item has been accepted without a wish as to allocation.

Current Items

  • Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) Bust of the mythological figure of Clytie, white marble, 70.5cm high (wish to Towneley Hall Art Gallery)

  • Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) Cymon and Iphigenia, oil on canvas, 114.3 by 147.3cm (wish to Lady Lever Art Gallery)

  • John Constable R.A. (1776-1837) Study for 'The Cornfields', oil on canvas, 59.7 by 49.2cm (wish to Tate)

  • Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck (c.1597-1662) Portrait of a Lady, oil on canvas, 101.9 by 78.1cm (wish to Ashmolean)

  • J M W Turner (1775-1851): Chain Bridge over the River Tees, watercolour, 278 by 426mm (wish to Whitworth Art Gallery)

Applications for allocation should be sent by 30 March 2004 to: Gerry McQuillan, MLA, 16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA

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