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Diploma in Law and Collections Management – Melbourne 2019

July 8, 2019 - July 12, 2019


Diligent management of collections and claims is vital to museum professionals. No project can be secure unless museum staff know how to predict and mitigate legal conflict. 

The risk of such conflict hangs over the entire field of museum activity from acquisitions to loans to de-accessions, and is becoming more common throughout the global museum community. In all these areas of museum practice there is a rising demand for realistic training in hands-on legal management.

To respond to these demands, ARC and the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) provide training to museum administrators and officials, offering expertise in the legal issues of collections management.

Registration for the Diploma in Law and Collections Management requires no pre-existing knowledge of law. This training program will focus on the practical and pragmatic use of legal tools to improve the running and development of museums, their collections and their collaborative exhibition programs. Legal rules and resources will be examined, not in terms of abstract theory, but in terms of what they mean to everyday museum management, how they can be used and what they can do for the museum community.

For more information on the topics covered in the course, and a preliminary breakdown on the way the course is structured, please see here.

The program is open to staff currently working in museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Limited non-assessed places are available. Those who opt to be non-assessed will have access to course materials and are expected to attend the full week but will not be required to complete assessments necessary to be awarded the Diploma in Law and Collections Management.

Dates: 8 – 12 July 2019

Cost: $2500 AUD ex GST

Applications for the Professor Norman E Palmer Scholarship for this event are now open – see here for details on how to apply.

The Diploma in Law and Collections Management is offered with the generous support of international law firm Clyde & Co LLP.

If you have an enquiry about this course, please contact [email protected].

Testimonials from Sydney, March 2017

100% of respondees said they would recommend this course to a colleague or friend.

“I found the course very interesting and pertinent to my day-to-day management of loans and contracts. Alex and Emily were fantastic!” (Exhibitions Manager, Art Gallery of New South Wales)

“Really enjoyed it. Alex and Emily had a friendly style – very encouraging to us law newbies.” (Registrar, New Zealand Maritime Museum)

“The course was amazing. I’m very grateful for the presenters and their knowledge. The subject matter was broad and interesting.” (Collections Manager, Museums Australia)


July 8, 2019
July 12, 2019


Clyde and Co
Level 26, 140 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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