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Loans of objects to and from the museum is arranged through the Royal Armouries’ Registrar.

They can advise on the following areas:


Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT
+44 (0)113 220 1960
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Loans in

We borrow objects from a wide range of places, people and organizations. These loans enhance our collection and enable us to display objects not normally seen by the public.

Objects we have borrowed have the prefix ‘AL’ in the accession number, the details of some of these can be found at our collection online website.

Loans out

We loan objects to organisations across the globe, from a single item to an entire exhibition.

Requesting a loan

External loans policy (pdf, 10 KB)
GIS guidelines for national museums (pdf, 577 KB)

Loan costs

Before requesting a loan, all borrowers should consider various factors:

Examples of costs

Loan charges booklet (pdf, 32 KB)

Loan inspections

Loans on a three year renewal basis for longer term exhibitions will require regular loan inspections, which will be conducted:

The borrower is responsible for the costs associated with the inspection.

If you plan to move the loan objects or refurbish the gallery they are displayed in at any time, you will need to contact us prior to the activity to gain permission, and in some cases it will be necessary for us to send a member of Royal Armouries staff to supervise the movement of loaned objects.

Packing and transport

Related documents

UKRG security supplement (pdf, 306 KB)

UKRG display case supplement (pdf, 277 KB)

Borrower’s questionnaire (pdf, 56 KB)

UKRG facilities report (pdf, 303 KB)

Alternative communication formats

Please contact us if you require any of our downloadable documents in an alternative format.