Spoliation Advisory Panel

The Panel resolves claims from people, or their heirs, who lost property during the Nazi era, which is now held in UK national collections.

The Secretary of State may designate a Spoliation Advisory Panel (“the Panel”) to consider claims from anyone (or from any one or more of their heirs) who lost possession of a cultural object during the Nazi era (1933-1945), where such an object is (a) now in the possession of a UK national collection, or (b) in the possession of another UK museum or gallery established for the public benefit. A Panel may also be designated to advise about any claim for an item in a private collection at the joint request of the claimant and the owner.

Its proceedings are an alternative to litigation and its recommendations are not legally binding on any parties. However, if a claimant accepts the recommendation of a Panel and the recommendation is implemented, the claimant is expected to accept this as full and final settlement of the claim.


  1. Members

  2. Terms of Reference

  3. Rules of Procedure

  4. Guidance for the parties

  5. Panel Reports

  6. Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel

  7. Current claims

  8. Spoliation Conference 2017 - “70 Years and Counting: The Final Opportunity?” Note of Proceedings



• Rt Hon. Sir Donnell Deeny is the Presiding Judge of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland, and is a former Chairman of the NI Arts Council

• Rt Hon. Sir Alan Moses, former Lord Justice of Appeal and Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation

Deputy Chairs

• Professor Sir Richard Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

• Tony Baumgartner, Partner in a leading London law firm and Recorder of the Crown Court


  • Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • Professor Miranda Fricker, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

  • Sir Terry Heiser, Former Permanent Secretary at the DOE

  • Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Former Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

  • Martin Levy, Chairman, H Blairman and Sons Ltd, dealer in furniture and works of art

  • Peter Oppenheimer, Student, i.e. Fellow, Emeritus of Christ Church, Oxford, and former President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

  • Anna Southall, ex-director of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and former CEO of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. Vice Chair of Wales Millennium Centre and Chair of Arnolfini, Bristol

  • Professor Liba Taub, Director of the Whipple Museum, University of Cambridge; Fellow and Tutor, Newnham College

  • Oliver Urquhart Irvine, The Librarian, Royal Library, and Assistant Keeper of the Queen’s Archives

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference updated in 2016.

Terms of Reference (MS Word Document, 42.5KB)

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure updated in 2016

Rules of Procedure (MS Word Document, 50KB)

Guidance for the Parties

The following guidance notes have been prepared in order to assist the parties in formulating their case for the Panel’s consideration and to enable the Panel to process the claim expeditiously.

Spoliation Advisory Panel - Guidance for the Parties (MS Word Document, 18.2KB)

Panel Reports

Please refer to the Spoliation Advisory Panel document collection to access the Panel’s previous reports.

Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel

A short independent review was carried out from December 2014 - February 2015 out into the Spoliation Advisory Panel by Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC as part of the regular and ongoing Government programme to review public bodies and ensure they continue to operate effectively. You can read his report and the Government response below.

Independent Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel (PDF, 740KB, 55 pages)

Govt Response to the Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel (PDF, 153KB, 4 pages)

Current claims

There are currently no claims being considered.

Spoliation Conference 2017 - “70 Years and Counting: The Final Opportunity?” Note of Proceedings

The following is a note of the Conference “70 Years and Counting: The Final Opportunity?” which took place at the National Gallery, London on 12 September 2017. The note was prepared by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and represents our record of the conversations. Any questions in relation to the note and/or proposed amendments should be addressed to mark.caldon@culture.gov.uk

A Conference Action Plan containing the recommendations of the day will be published here in due course.

Spoliation Conference 12.09.2017 Note of Proceedings (MS Word Document, 54KB)

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