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British Museum Act 1963

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FIRST SCHEDULETenure of Office and Proceedings of Trustees

1Each trustee shall hold office for such period as is specified in the instrument by which he is appointed, but that period shall not exceed ten years, or five years in the case of a person whose appointment takes effect at or within twelve months after the end of any period for which he was previously appointed a trustee of the Museum under this Act.

2A trustee may resign his office by notice in writing served on the person or body who appointed him.

3The functions of the Trustees may be exercised notwithstanding vacancies in their number.

4The quorum at meetings of the Trustees shall be six.

5The Trustees may make rules for regulating their proceedings and for other matters relevant to the exercise of their functions.

SECOND SCHEDULETransitional Provisions as to Separation of Natural History Museum

1(1)The following property shall vest at the commencement of this Act in the Natural History Trustees, that is to say—

(a)the objects vested immediately before that commencement in the Trustees of the British Museum and comprised in the collections of the British Museum (Natural History); and

(b)the lands and buildings at Tring referred to in the British Museum Act 1938.

(2)Such of the said objects as became vested in the Trustees of the British Museum by virtue of a gift or bequest shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as vested in the Natural History Trustees by virtue of a like gift or bequest.

2(1)For the purposes of this paragraph there shall be constituted, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, a committee consisting of—

(a)a chairman, being a barrister or solicitor appointed by the Treasury, and

(b)two persons appointed by the Trustees of the British Museum, and

(c)two persons appointed by the Natural History Trustees.

(2)The committee shall determine what provision should be made by means of the transfer of property, the alteration of trusts or the establishment or variation of common investment funds, or by any other means, for enabling such of the endowments of the Museums as are held (whether in trust or not) for the purposes of the British Museum (Natural History) to be conveniently administered and applied for those purposes after the commencement of this Act, for transferring from the Trustees of the British Museum to the Natural History Trustees such powers of appointment to offices as in the opinion of the committee should be so transferred, and for otherwise enabling the provisions of section 8(1) of this Act to be carried into full effect, and shall transmit a report of its determinations to the Treasury, who shall make an order giving effect to them.

3Section 451 of the Income Tax Act 1952 (which provides for exemption from income tax) shall apply in relation to the Natural History Trustees as it applies in relation to the Trustees of the British Museum, and the Charities Act 1960 shall have effect as if the reference to the British Museum in the Second Schedule to that Act (which contains a list of institutions being, so far as they are charities, exempt charities within the meaning of that Act) included a reference to the British Museum (Natural History).

4Subject to the provisions of this Act, all matters and things having effect in relation to the British Museum (Natural History) immediately before the commencement of this Act shall continue as nearly as may be to have effect in relation to that Museum (thereafter.

THIRD SCHEDULESites of Authorised Repositories

Part IBritish Museum

1So much of the site in London bounded by Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury Street, Bedford Square, Montague Place, Russell Square and Montague Street as was occupied at the commencement of this Act for the purposes of 'the British Museum.

2The site in Colindale Avenue, London, occupied at the commencement of this Act for the purposes of the British Museum.

Part IIBritish Museum (Natural History)

1So much of the site in London bounded by Queen's Gate, Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road and Imperial Institute Road as was occupied at the commencement of this Act for the purposes of the British Museum (Natural History).

2The site in Tring lying to the east of Akeman Street and to the north of Park Street occupied at the commencement of this Act for the purposes of the British Museum (Natural History).

FOURTH SCHEDULERepeals

Session and ChapterShort TitleExtent of Repeal
26 Geo. 2. c. 22.The British Museum Act 1753.The whole Act.
27 Geo. 2. c. 16.Section 3.
7 Geo. 3. c. 18.The British Museum Act 1767.The whole Act.
45 Geo. 3. c. 127.The British Museum Act 1805.The whole Act.
47 Geo. 3. Sess. 2. c. 36.The British Museum Act 1807.The whole Act.
56 Geo. 3. c. 99.The British Museum Act 1816.The whole Act.
5 Geo. 4. c. 39.The British Museum Act 1824.The whole Act.
5 Geo. 4. c. 60.The British Museum (No. 2) Act 1824.The whole Act.
2 & 3 Will. 4. c. 46.The British Museum Act 1832.The whole Act.
2 & 3 Vict. c. 10.The whole Act.
41 & 42 Vict. c. 55.The British Museum Act 1878.The whole Act.
57 & 58 Vict. c. 34.The British Museum (Purchase of Land) Act 1894.Section 1.
2 Edw. 7. c. 12.The British Museum Act 1902.The whole Act.
14 & 15 Geo. 5. c. 23.The British Museum Act 1924.The whole Act.
20&21 Geo. 5. c. 46.The British Museum Act 1930.The whole Act.
1 & 2 Geo. 6. c. 62.The British Museum Act 1938.The whole Act
3 & 4 Eliz. 2. c.23.The British Museum Act 1955.The whole Act.
10 & 11 Eliz. 2. c. 18.The British Museum Act 1962.The whole Act.

Table of Statutes referred to in this Act

Short TitleSession and Chapter
British Museum Act 175326 Geo. 2. c. 22.
Superannuation Act 185922 Vict. c. 26.
British Museum (Purchase of Land) Act 1894 ...57 & 58 Vict. c. 34.
British Museum Act 19381 & 2 Geo. 6. c. 62.
Income Tax Act 195215 & 16 Geo. 6.& l Eliz. 2. c. 10.
National Gallery and Tate Gallery Act 19542 & 3 Eliz. 2. c. 65.
Charities Act 19608 & 9 Eliz. 2. c. 58.

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