Our loans programme enables us to lend out items that may not be on display to other organisations
Royal Museums Greenwich holds world-class collections, including historical maritime items, art, photography and film. Through our loans programme, we are committed to making our collections accessible to the widest possible audience.
Our loans programme enables us to make items not on display in Greenwich available to other organisations. Through this work our collections are seen by a wider audience across Britain and around the world.
We assess all loan requests against the following criteria:
the required notice period is datable from receipt of a formal loan request to the National Maritime Museum listing the desired items
loan requests should quote the Museum’s collection catalogue reference number(s) wherever possible
the Museum cannot guarantee to consider loan requests that do not meet the stated notice periods
we will not accept notice of intention to submit a 'late' request
the Museum considers loans for temporary exhibitions and displays (up to 1 year) and for long term loans (3 years+).
The process of requesting a loan from NMM involves the following steps.
Make use of our online collections to find out what we offer and identify items that meet your needs in advance of the deadline. Contact us to discuss your exhibition proposal in more detail and find out how we can help.
Formal loan requests must be made in writing on institutional letterhead and addressed to the Director, Royal Museums Greenwich. Requests should include the following details:
Formal loan requests are forwarded to the Registration Department who coordinate the loan assessment process. This involves intensive consultation with curators, conservators, exhibitions and education departments at Royal Museums Greenwich.
The team will:
The approval of all loan requests is taken by the Director and Deputy Director of Royal Museums Greenwich.
If you represent a museum, gallery or other public-service organisation, contact the Loans Registrar to discuss your needs and queries.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6559
Loans Registrar, Registration Section, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF