Getting ‘Loan Ready’ 

The British Museum have developed the Getting ‘Loan Ready’ programme with the aim of enabling participating museums to successfully request and borrow collection material for short and long term exhibitions and displays. This has been made possible through HLF funding and the British Museum’s National Partnership skills sharing activity.

The programme consists of six parts comprising:

  • Knowing what to borrow
  • Requesting a loan
  • Budgeting and costs
  • Facilities and security
  • Agreements and insurance
  • Making the loan happen

Each session will run from 10am to 4pm with the first session in September 2016 being held at the British Museum. The subsequent five sessions will be held at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth.

Specialist staff from across the North West Major Partner Museums are also contributing to the programme to give delegates the opportunity to learn more about their collections, venues, teams, loan procedures and experiences of borrowing. Sarah Brown from the Collections Trust will also be joining us for two of the sessions to share resources and offer support to participating museums.

The programme is being administered by Museum Development North West. If you wish to participate in the programme please read the programme outline and complete the Expression of Interest form and return it by Friday 19th August via email to Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer at MDNW,

There are only 10 places available. Priority will be given to people working and volunteering in Accredited museums in the North West which demonstrate the biggest need and aspirations for future loans. We expect participating museums to ensure a representative is sent to each of the six sessions and that attendance has been approved by a senior manager. If your organisation would require assistance with travel expenses to attend please contact Kaye at MDNW as soon as possible.

It is hoped that participation in this programme may result in “Ready to Borrow” funding applications by the participating organisations in 2017. Click here for further information on “Ready to Borrow”,

Getting Loan Ready programme outline

Getting Loan Ready Expression of Interest form


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