Code of Conduct for Visitors

This code is designed to create a positive and welcoming environment at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It applies to all events, meetings and visits, in-person and online. It also extends to the social medial and digital platforms we use for events and communication.

These are our guiding principles:

  • We welcome debate and discussion, but this should always be considerate of others.
  • Discriminatory or unlawful behaviour, harassment and defamatory comments will not be tolerated.
  • We appreciate courtesy to our staff and other attendees – we value kindness, politeness and respect, and want to create spaces where people feel comfortable.
  • We take reports of abuse very seriously.

Onsite: Individuals whose behaviour breaches this code will be asked to leave the building. The events manager or appointed host for the event or visit will take responsibility for making this decision.

Online: Abusive content posted online will be reported and removed.

Breaches of this code may result in the individual being blocked or barred from attending the Centre or participating in its activities, on site or online, in the future.

Any behaviour that breaches this code should be reported to a member of staff at an event or can be emailed to [email protected]

Our Code of Conduct is supported by the Centre’s Public Complaints Policy and Procedure.