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Loans for exhibitions
Find guidance below on borrowing items from The National Archives for an exhibition.
Section 2(4)(g) of the Public Records Act 1958 empowers The National Archives to lend documents 'for display at commemorative exhibitions and for other special purposes', subject to the approval of the Lord Chancellor. Applicants for loans must meet all conditions as laid out in our conditions for loans. If you would like to borrow documents from The National Archives, there are some points you should consider:
- we require six months' advance notice for any loan
- loans can be made to one venue only and not to touring exhibitions
- the period of loan is usually three months
- we do not usually lend more than ten documents to any one exhibition
- the borrower is responsible for all costs, including insurance, conservation treatment if required, conservator time, providing photographs of all items and all costs associated with the installation and collection of borrowed items, including courier time
- loans will be considered for public display purposes only
- The National Archives must be clearly acknowledged in both the display and any accompanying catalogues to the exhibition.
See our conditions for loans for further information on timescales, costs, travel and display.
We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our loans programme. We therefore routinely monitor the carbon footprint of our loans.
How to apply
Apply for a loan using our loans for exhibitions online application form.
For general loan enquiries please email us at Exhibition Loans.
Selected recent exhibitions
1. Recent Exhibitions (2012-14)
- V&A, London, British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (31 March - 12 August 2012)
- Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, The English Prize (4 October 2012 - 13 January 2013)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World (6 October 2013 - 20 January 2014)
- National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I and Her People (10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014)
- National Library of Australia, Mapping our World (7 November 2013 - 10 March 2014)
- Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hanover, Germany, The Hanoverians on Britain's Throne, 1714-1837 (17 May - 5 October 2014)