Special Prize 2016

This year we are collecting images of tax exempt heritage assets.

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster by Hans Holbein the Younger. It is one of the tax exempt heritage assets.

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster by Hans Holbein the Younger. It is one of the tax exempt heritage assets. Its Unique ID is 123454 so to enter the competition you would have to add {{TEHA-image|123454}} to the description.

What are they?
They are objects collected in a very unglamorous database. Their owners receive tax breaks for making them available to the public for a certain number of days of the year. HMRC explain the scheme here.

There are about 36,000 items: roughly 9,000 paintings, another 3,500 prints and drawings, textiles, metalwork, ceramics, glass, clocks, jewellery and furniture.

Any artists I would have heard of?
Constable, Turner, John Singer Sargent, Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, John Everett Millais, Edward Lear and Winston Churchill. And that’s just the painters.

Are they on public display?
Some of them are. We have a list of some of the places they can be found. (There’s no comprehensive list, unfortunately.) Some of them are not on public display and access must be individually arranged using the contacts on the database.

But they can be found all over the UK and in Northern Ireland.

Booking a visit sounds rather inconvenient.
It is. That’s one of the reasons we’re collecting photographs of the works so that people can make more intelligent choices about what they go and see.

Do I need permission to take a photograph?
You may well do. In our experience owners are happy for works to be photographed but if they choose not to permit photography that’s their prerogative.

What do I need to do with the images?
When uploading be sure to include the Unique ID from the HMRC database so we can match the image to the description. You can do this in the description or using a template like this: {{TEHA-image|76759}}. In this example, the number can be replaced with any Unique ID.

This puts the images into a single category making it easier to track.

Why do you want the images?
We’re building a new website, using a grant from the Open Data Institute to improve access to these collections as best we can under the existing legislation.