Say that again?! Deaccessioning as part of a policy of sustainability

Museums do not always consider the costs of storage in their budgets. In addition to falsifying the financial state of the institution, this often results in poorly maintained, overcrowded, storage spaces. With the current pressure for museums to generate income, and whether museums are ready or not, deaccessioning will be at the forefront of the “strategies for survival” debate.

What are the ethical and identitary implications of anactivemuseum deaccessioning policy? In our European tradition, where museums serve as educational institutions and as keepers of memory, can deaccessioningever be accepted as a responsible choice?


Inês Fialho Brandão, Portugal

Museum professional

Museums Division, Cascais City Council (on sabbatical leave)

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Ines collaborates with cultural institutions on curatorial, educational, and communication projects. Until recently, she was Director of the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum.

Her curatorial projects include Collecting for the Res Publica; Multiple Gazes on Art and Islam; George Rodger – War Images. Her educational publications have focused on themed family guides for museum networks. Her expertise is called upon for issues relating to visitor experience.

A graduate of New York University and of the University of Edinburgh, she is currently on sabbatical leave to pursue a PhD at the National University of Ireland.


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