Management and governance

Great Court

The British Museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through a three year funding agreement. Its aim is to hold for the benefit and education of humanity a collection representative of world cultures and to ensure that the collection is housed in safety, conserved, curated, researched and exhibited.

The Museum is governed by a board of 25 trustees in accordance with the British Museum Act of 1963 and the Museums and Galleries Act of 1992. Trustee appointments are governed by the regulatory framework set out in the code of practice on public appointments issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The Board is responsible for the general management and control of the Museum through the adoption of its Annual Plan and overarching strategy and for the appointment of the Director. The Director is the Accounting Officer for the purposes of reporting to Government and has delegated responsibility for the general administration of the Museum.

The Museum's Governance Policies and Principles regulate the proceedings of the Board, and facilitate the exercise of its functions in pursuit of the Museum's planned objectives.

A full range of policies covering every area of Museum activity has been adopted by its Board of Trustees. These policies are constantly updated in line with new legislation and developments in best practice.

British Museum management statement and financial memorandum

Download Part 1: Management statement (pdf 89Kb)

Download Part 2: Financial memorandum (pdf 52Kb)

British Museum governance guide

Download the Governance principles and policies (pdf 107Kb)

Download British Museum Act 1963 (pdf 33Kb)

British Museum policies

Download the Acquisitions policy document (pdf 47Kb)

Download the CCTV policy document (pdf 200kb)

Download the Conservation policy document (pdf 35kb)

Download the De-accession policy document (pdf 66Kb)

Download the Equality and Diversity policy document (pdf 139Kb)

Download the Health and safety policy document (pdf 28Kb)

Download the Human remains policy document (pdf 80Kb)

Further information on the Museum's human remains research, collection and policy  

Download the Loans policy document (pdf 113Kb)

Download the Risk management policy document (pdf 101Kb)

Download the Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy document (pdf 205Kb) 

Download the Standards of conduct policy document (pdf 212Kb)

Download the Sustainable development policy document (pdf 30Kb)

Download the Volunteers policy document (pdf 45Kb)

Feedback handling procedure

The British Museum appreciates all comments and takes complaints very seriously.

If you have any suggestions or concerns about the Museum please do let us know. You can contact the Museum by email at; by letter at Feedback, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG; or by completing a comment form in person at the Museum.

We will answer any written feedback within 20 working days of receipt. If we need longer to provide a full response we will write advising when you can expect a reply.

All written feedback received by the Museum (by letter, email or comment form) is logged and monitored
to help us improve our visitors’ experience.

If you feel a complaint has not been addressed appropriately please raise this with the respondent in
the first instance. If you are still not satisfied please let us know (using the contact details listed above) and your complaint will be reviewed by another member of staff.

Once the response has been reviewed if you remain dissatisfied you may contact the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Helpline: 0345 015 4033 (Calls to this number cost
the same as a call to a UK landline)