Museum ethics are about more than a list of things we should and shouldn’t do. Speakers in this session will argue that ethics affect daily decision-making in museums and should be a framework for our relationship with the public. The Museums Association in the UK is reviewing its Code of Ethics to take into account demographic, technological and societal changes. In the past, museum ethics have focused on caring for collections and preserving them for future generations. This session will make the case for ethics being the foundation of our contract with society, and you will have a chance to debate whether it is possible to create a public understanding and engagement with our professional ethics.


  • Simon Stephens


  • Janet Marstine
  • Rowan Brown
  • Sally Yerkovich