Egypt Luxury Travel Advisors, Egyptology news about new Opening, new Discoveries, Cultural and Historical articles about Ancient Egypt. Egypt Treasures through posting ONE DESTINATION, EGYPTOGRAPHY COLLECTION for best pictures in each destination attractions as well as KINGS and QUEENS of Egypt. Presenting Luxury Nile Cruises, Lake Nasser Cruises, Dahabiya, Boutique/Historical/Luxury Palaces and Hotels used by our VIRTUOSO agents in the United States, Canada, Australia, Latin America.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
News, Sekhemka statue sale: Northampton Museum faces new sanctions
UK’s Northampton Museum could face new harsh sanctions for the sale of the
ancient Egyptian Sekhemka statue.
SSAG outside Christie's
Sanctions include possible suspension of
member status in the UK’s largest museum organisation, the UK Museum
Association will hold a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday to decide on the
possible actions against the Northampton Borough Council (NBC) which sold the
statue on 10 July.
4,500-year-old, painted limestone statue was sold to a private buyer at
Christie's in London for £15.8m (about LE183.6 million). The
Museum Association has confirmed to Ahram Online that the meeting is being held
in response to the outcry in the UK and Egypt which followed the sale.
range of sanctions are available to us on such occasions, including barring
membership,” Alistair Brown, the Museum Association’s policy officer told Ahram
Sekhemka Action Group welcomed the possible action as a “massive step”. The
MA, founded in 1889, is an independent membership organisation representing
museums and galleries in the UK and people who work for them.
has over 6,000 individual members and 600 institutional members. As a
non-profit charity, it seeks to inform, represent and develop museums and
people who work for them so that they may provide a better service to society
and the public. The
MA has condemned the sale as a violation of the museum’s code of ethics which
only allows for such sales in the case of exceptional circumstances.
to the code of ethics, to be eligible to sell items, a museum would need to be
able to demonstrate that they are in dire need of funding and have exhausted
all other options.
museum has justified the sale of the statute on the grounds that it urgently
needed the money to fund a £14m (approximately LE162.7) extension of
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. The
MA stated that the NBC has not demonstrated that the sale of Sekhemka is its
last resort when it comes to its development plans for the museum.
Fleming, chairperson of the Museum Association’s ethics committee, said that
“we do appreciate the huge financial pressure that many local authority museums
are under at the present time, but the code of ethics provides for such a sale
only as a last resort after other sources of funding have been thoroughly
Council England has earlier withdrawn the Northampton Museum’s access to
funding after the sale of the statue, confirming it will follow the Museum
Association’s decision on the issue.
are genuinely concerned that some local authorities could sell parts of their
collections to raise funds. This would be in contravention of the Museums Code
of Ethics," Brown said "We
also intend to hold a summit of other funders, including the Heritage Lottery
Fund and Arts Council England, later in the year," he added.
already have a red list to protect heritage sites at risk. Now we will ask the
summit members to create a similar list for important objects and collections
at risk of being taken out of public ownership," Brown said. While
considering it “a bit late,” Ruth Thomas the Vice President of the Save
Sekhemka Action Group welcomed the authority’s disciplinary meeting on the
will send a strong message as the Northampton Museum will not be to share
anything with other museums if its membership is withheld.” “It will be a shame
to the museum,” she added.