Appointment Opportunities for Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport seeks applications for two appointments to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.


The Committee is a non-statutory, independent advisory body whose main role is to advise the Secretary of State whether a cultural object which is the subject of an export licence is of national importance under the ‘Waverley criteria’.

The Committee reaches a view on the merits of any object which one of the Secretary of State’s expert advisers refers to it. If the Committee finds that an item meets at least one of the Waverley criteria, it will recommend to the Secretary of State that the decision on the export licence should be deferred for a specified period. This will allow institutions and private individuals in the UK a chance to raise the money to purchase the item to enable it to remain in this country.


General qualities sought

Candidates for the two posts will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and expertise:

  • An ability to assess objectively whether cultural objects brought before the Reviewing Committee meet the Waverley criteria.
  • An interest in the UK’s moveable cultural heritage, a broad understanding of its variety and range and the issues surrounding its protection.
  • An understanding of the need to maintain the confidentiality of Committee meetings.


Essential Expertise

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Works of Art and other cultural objects to complement the expertise currently on the Committee. The outgoing members’ expertise being in British and European fine art (current member specialism’s detailed below).
  • Experience of strategic thinking and making decisions at a senior level in order to help the committee to provide policy advice on the export of works of art.
  • Knowledge of UK collections of fine and decorative arts, and objects of cultural interest.


Desirable Criteria

  • An intimate understanding of the UK art trade OR Detailed knowledge of Scottish art and collections.


For further details about the Reviewing Committee and how to apply for these positions please visit the advert on the Centre for Public Appointments website. 

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