As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A supports an active programme of loans to UK and international venues as a key means of making our collections more widely available to the public. The V&A lends to more UK partners than any other museum and in doing so we seek to promote, support and develop the UK creative economy by inspiring designers and makers, and by stimulating enjoyment and appreciation of design.
Between January 2020 and March 2023 we will undertake, alongside the British Museum and the Science Museum, the largest move of our collections since World War II, as we move all our Blythe House stores, including the Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, further to the government's 2015 decision to sell Blythe House.
While our teams are working on the relocation of the Blythe House stores, it will not be possible to borrow collection items from Blythe House and the Museum of Childhood during this period. The collections affected represent approximately 20% of our current loans programme. If you are considering making a loan request and are unsure if the item you would like to borrow is affected by these plans, please contact the relevant Collections curators or the Loans Section at the V&A as soon as possible.
Important changes and deadlines:
- From 1 April 2018, new loan requests from both UK and non-UK venues should be submitted with 9 months’ notice.
- All loan requests agreed by 31 March 2018 will be honoured. All collections housed at our Blythe House store will still be available for loan to exhibitions opening up to December 2019 (this includes exhibitions opening in December 2019 and closing in 2020).
- Collections housed at our Blythe House store will not be available for loan to exhibitions opening from January 2020 until December 2023 (4 years).
- Subject to the universal 9 months’ notice, we will welcome new loan requests for Museum of Childhood collections for exhibitions opening from January 2023, and for all other V&A collections from January 2024.
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 at least a year 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.
Explore our objects currently on loan on the V&A National interactive map
Find out more about some of our current long loans