The report published by Arts Council England, outlines 51 cases of major cultural significance and beauty that have been allocated to the nation’s public museums and galleries between 2010 and 2012, including:
- Two paintings by the 18th century English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (Maria & Robert Gideon and Lady Honywood & Daughter)
- Two watercolours by JMW Turner (Rome from Monte Mario and Lowther Castle)
- A specimen of a rare form of the mineral prehnite
- A selection of awards allocated to the famous playwright Harold Pinter
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About Acceptance in Lieu (AIL)
The AIL scheme allows those who have a bill for Inheritance Tax to offset part of those taxes by donating important cultural, scientific or historic objects to the nation. In 2010/11, cultural objects worth a total of £8.3 million were allocated to national institutions, and in 2011/12, £31.3 million.
“It’s not just the large national museums that benefit - some of our smallest galleries have been allocated stunning works,” said Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.
“The introduction of the new Cultural Gifts Scheme in the next few months will be instrumental in ensuring this stream of wonderful objects, paintings and artwork into our institutions not only continues, but increases significantly. This will support lifetime giving by generous donors and further enhance our public collections.”