The V&A supports an ambitious programme of loans, as a key means of making our collections more widely available to the public and enhancing the reputation of the V&A as the world’s leading museum of art and design.

We contribute objects to many temporary exhibitions in the UK and around the world every year in order to inspire the enjoyment and appreciation of design, and promote, support and develop the UK creative economy.

We also encourage the use of our collections to supplement permanent displays in other museums, regional galleries and historic buildings. We currently have around 1,700 objects on long-term loan throughout the UK.

Explore our objects currently on loan on the V&A National interactive map

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Find out more about some of our current long loans

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Hunting, Cock-Fighting, Card-Playing, Horse-Riding, Game-Shooting, Dice-Trowing, Fishing and Bathing (folding screen), unknown, 1746. Museum no. W.11-1953. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On display at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

Borrowing from the V&A collections

Curatorial staff are always happy to advise about the selection and general availability of objects for loan. We suggest that preliminary research should be carried out well in advance. Many objects from our collections can be viewed online through Search the Collections. But, where possible, we recommend making a visit to the Museum to view and discuss any objects under consideration.