Requesting a Loan

All loans are subject to availability and our conditions of loan.

We will normally expect loans to be on display and accessible to the public.

Loans must be planned well in advance and requests must be made in writing at least 6 months before the objects are required.

The basic principles of how we conduct loans are given in our External Loans Policy.

External Loans Policy Overview


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  • The Royal Armouries’ External Loans Policy which lays out the full conditions of loaning collection objects to external institutions.

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