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 primary procedure. Accredited UK museums must meet the Spectrum standard set out below. The suggested procedure is one way to achieve the standard, but it is just a suggestion.
This is the Spectrum standard for Loans in (borrowing objects). It includes policy questions and sets out the minimum requirements you should aim to meet however you put this procedure into practice.
This suggested procedure shows how you might meet the Spectrum standard for Loans in (borrowing objects). It is presented in two formats: text and workflow diagram. They are meant to be starting points for you to adapt to the needs of your own museum.