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. We lend to more UK partners than any other museum and in doing so we seek to promote, support and develop the creative economy by inspiring designers and makers, and by stimulating enjoyment and appreciation of design.
Between January 2020 and Summer 2023 we'll undertake the largest move of our collections since the Second World War as we relocate from our current store in Blythe House, Olympia, to our new purpose-built Collections and Research Centre in Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
During this major move, it won't be possible to lend collection items from Blythe House and the Museum of Childhood. If you're considering making a loan request and are unsure if the item you'd like to borrow is affected by these plans, please contact us as soon as possible: Loans_Section@vam.ac.uk
Important changes and deadlines:
- All new loan requests from both UK and non-UK venues should be submitted with 9 months' notice.
- 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 and at the Museum of Childhood will not be available for loan to exhibitions opening from January 2020 until March 2024.
- Subject to the universal 9 months' notice, we will welcome new loan requests from all V&A collections for exhibitions opening from April 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