‘Retain and explain’ guidance – DCMS

On 5 October 2023, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced new guidance to advise custodians facing calls for the removal of heritage assets in their care or ownership. This guidance is for use by all custodians of commemorative heritage assets needing advice on how to deal with calls to relocate or remove them from public display. This is not for use in the Church of England, which has issued its own guidance Contested Heritage in Cathedrals and Churches, although the “retain and explain” approach has been applied in a number of cases. Continue reading