The following programmatic Guidelines are presented as a starting point from which designers are encouraged to extrapolate and edit as they see appropriate. The total number of art and artefacts in the UK is difficult to count, but with over 2,800 institutions, most having tens of thousands of objects, and many institutions storing objects that register in the millions (the Natural History Museum in London alone has 70 million specimens), it is not impossible to conceive of a total number of objects and artefacts in the UK as being somewhere around half a billion.
Every year in the United Kingdom the country’s cultural and heritage sites post notices in relevant professional journals seeking suitable placement for items that need to be removed from collections. These notices represent thousands of artefacts and artworks in need of disposal. These artefacts cover a vast range of material properties, cultural importance, and physical condition. The primary function of Manchester Letherium is to serve as a repository for these unwanted objects, providing them with long term storage.
As a fully accredited collecting institution under UK regulations, Manchester Letherium will be in a position to legally transfer deaccessioned objects from all UK institutions offering materials for disposal.
The MLC estimates that a conservative annual acquisitions quota for the Letherium would follow a constant trajectory of 1000 objects annually.