You should have a policy covering the borrowing of objects. This could either be a standalone document or part of a wider collections management policy. Either way, in deciding your policy you will most likely need to consider these questions: Why might you borrow objects? What legal and ethical issues will you consider before borrowing […]
Managing objects you borrow for a fixed period of time and for a specific purpose.
Typically, this might include objects borrowed for an exhibition or another extended activity such as a research project. Such loans should always have an end date. At the end date, you either renew the loan for a further fixed period or return the object to its owner. There should be no ‘permanent loans’ in your museum; if there are from years past you should renew them for a fixed period, try to acquire the objects, or return them.
This is a Spectrum primary procedure. UK museums must meet the standard set out below to fulfil the requirements of the Museum Accreditation Scheme.
You should have a written procedure that explains the steps to follow when you borrow objects. This suggested procedure, and the workflow based on it, are useful starting points. However you do it, your own procedure should meet the minimum requirements of the Spectrum standard. To see the workflow as PDF, follow the download link […]