Code of ethical principles and policy for research

Traditionally, research in museums has been directed at object-focused enquiry and scholarship. Insofar as this remains the case, objects and specimens require an ethos of care, accessibility and interpretation. Research involving human remains is another key area of museum practice, and this requires particular ethical treatment. We also undertake research that involves living persons as participants (‘human subjects research’), in which the ethical issues differ again. This Policy covers all three sources of data: objects and specimens, human remains, and human subjects.

Code of ethical principles and policy for research (PDF)