Borrowing from the National Gallery: A Guide

Documents and useful links 

Useful documents

PDF file UKRG Standard Facilities Report [External PDF]
The UKRG Standard Facilities Report enables lenders to assess the practicalities involved in making loans. It lists general requirements to be considered during the loan of an object and helps both borrowers and lenders identify potential problems and reach agreement on how these can be resolved.

PDF file UKRG Security Supplement [External PDF]
The UKRG Security Supplement works with the UKRG Standard Facilities Report and enables lenders to assess a borrower’s emergency and security measures, identify potential problems and reach agreement on how these can be resolved.

PDF file Standard Facilities and Security Supplement: Wall Cases, Hanging Method and Display Cases [PDF – opens in a new window]
The National Gallery 'Standard Facilities and Security Supplement: Wall Cases, Hanging Method and Display Cases' helps us assess the borrower’s display methods. 

National Gallery Policies

Loans from the National Gallery are underpinned  by the approaches outlined in the following  policies. For further information please contact the National Programmes Manager or Senior Collection Registrar who can provide general advice on lending in the UK and what kind of loans we might be able to support.

Loans out policy
The National Gallery’s lending policy

PDF file  Loans Out Risk Management [PDF]
Risk Management statement for loans of paintings from the National Gallery

PDF file  Conservation Risk Management [PDF]
Risk Management statement for the conservation of National Gallery paintings which aims to ensure that preventative conservation is carried out for works on loan as well as well as on site.

PDF file  Preventive Conservation Risk Management [PDF]
The Preventative Risk Management statement sets out risk factors such as humidity, temperature, light, pest presence and activity or shock and vibration that should be actively managed.

PDF file  Glazing for Pictures Risk Management [PDF]
The Glazing for Pictures Risk Management statement for the glazing of pictures discusses reasons why we might glaze pictures going on loan.

More about the National Gallery Collection 

National Gallery Collection
Browse our collection online

National Gallery Picture Library 
Find out more about licensing images of the National Gallery Collection

National Gallery – Paintings and their environment
An overview of how the National Gallery manages environmental conditions for paintings

Useful Links

NMDC Loans between National and Non-national Museums [External PDF]
Practical guidelines on the loans process and standards that national museums seek to meet when lending to museums within the UK

UK Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) [External link]
Find out about GIS, run by Arts Council England which provides an alternative to high cost insurance

PDF file Smarter Loans: key principles for loans in the UK [External PDF]
Museums Association principles for lending and borrowing from UK Museums

Museums and Galleries Act 1992 [External link]
UK Government legislation relating to national museums and galleries

National Heritage Act 1980 [External link] 
UK Government legislation relating to items and collections of historic, artistic or scientific interest and public benefit in relation to the UK Government Indemnity Scheme and property accepted in lieu of tax.


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