Immunity from Seizure

Works of art intended to form part of a forthcoming exhibition at Leighton House Museum that may be covered by immunity from seizure are listed below.

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK.

The conditions are:

  • the object is usually kept outside the UK
  • the object is not owned by a person who is resident in UK
  • importing the object does not contravene any law
  • the object is brought into UK for the purpose of a temporary public exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
  • the borrowing museum or gallery is approved under the Act
  • the museum or gallery has published information about the object.

All works currently being proposed for or covered by immunity from seizure in the UK are linked to the Arts Council’s website.


To find out more please download Leighton House's policy on due diligence and provenance research [PDF] (file size 694Kb)


For further information on Protecting Cultural Objects on Loan, please see the Protecting cultural objects on loan page on the GOV.UK website. 


If you have any further enquiries, please write to:

Daniel Robbins

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road

London W14 8LZ

Open Saturday and Sunday

10am - 5.30pm
12 Holland Park Road
London W12 8LZ