Official Statistics

Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2012/13

Information on the operation of the export controls on objects of cultural interest, produced by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS.



The 59th annual report on the Export of Objects of Cultural Interest by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

Between 1 May 2012 and 30 April 2013, 24 items were considered by the Reviewing Committee. 19 cases (including one which was considered in 2011/12 but not resolved until 2012/13), were deferred by the Secretary of State following the recommendation of the Committee.

The 19 items cover a diverse range of fields, from jewellery, the fine and decorative arts, to a three masted topsail schooner. Six items were bought by public institutions. Matching funds could not be raised for 12 items which included, among other items, a painting by Pablo Picasso, a photo album compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron, an illuminated manuscript and a black chalk study by Raphael.