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


To read PDF documents you will need Adobe Reader. Reader
If you do not currently have it installed you can download Adobe Reader for free.


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

Did you know?

Six Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British and French armies fired 10,000 tonnes of iron shot, 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells. That’s a total of about 43,000 tonnes of iron: the equivalent of six Eiffel Towers!