UCL podcast: Cultural property – an ethical resource for study and enjoyment

10 September 2009

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Next week UCL will host a half-day conference examining the use of ‘cultural property’ in higher education teaching and research.

In addition to providing a forum for topical debate, the event will also see UCL launch its new ‘Cultural Property Policy’ – a document designed to provide ethical leadership and support best practice in the use of cultural property as an academic resource.

Cultural property includes everything from individual books, paintings, photographs and ethnographic objects, to anatomical specimens, collections and even buildings.

The new policy and guidance sets out to advise staff and students about how they can comply with the law and exercise due diligence in the acquisition and subsequent management of material, fully documenting the acquisition and disposal of all items.

In this podcast four UCL staff – Kathy Tubb from the Institute of Archaeology, Dr Joe Cain from Science and Technology Studies, Dr Mechthild Fend from the History of Art and Dr Andrew Flinn from Information Studies – give their perspective on the policy and explain why it matters so much.

The conference takes place in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre between 1.30pm and 6pm on Friday 18 September.

For more information about UCL’s approach to cultural property please follow this link.

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