Objects on the move

The Society believes in making its collections widely available and runs an active loans programme, contributing to exhibitions and displays at venues in the UK and across the globe.

We welcome requests to lend items from the collection to exhibitions and displays that are open to the general public and contribute to knowledge and understanding of their subject. Please contact the Museum Collections Manager for information on our terms and conditions of loan.

Loans to current and forthcoming exhibitions

May Morris: Art and Life

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh (28th November 2019 – 14th March 2020)

  • Loan: May Morris, pastel, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (KM060)
  • Loan: Painting of May and Jenny Morris, oil on canvas, by G. Howard (KM063)
  • Loan: ‘The heavens declare…’ embroidery (KM153)
  • Loan: ‘Maids of honour’ embroidered panel (KM213)
  • Loan: Embroidered tablecloth with rosehip design (KM214)
  • Loan: Naworth Castle, watercolour, by May Morris (KM219)
  • Loan: Hanging from William Morris’ bed (KM231)
  • Loan: Selection of placemats (KM569.1-8)
  • Loan: ‘The homestead and the forest’ cot quilt (KM612)
  • Loan: Embroidered bodice (KM616)
  • Loan: Camping Journal
  • Loan: May Morris watercolour set

Aubrey Beardsley

Tate Britain, London (4th March – 25th May 2020)

  • Loan: Raymond Llull (translated by William Caxton), The Order of Chivalry, Kelmscott Press, 1893 (KM Cat. 127)

Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (10th April – 31st August 2020)

  • Loan: Vellum jousting cheque relating to a jousting contest at the Field of the Cloth of Gold (MS136/2)

Long-term Loans to Museums and Galleries

You can also see more than 400 of our objects and paintings which are on long-term loan to museums and galleries around the UK. Here are just a few of our objects you can visit:

Dream of the VirginThe fourteenth-century painting ‘Dream of a Virgin’ (LDSAL1305) by Simone de Crocefissi at the National Gallery, London (Room 52)

The earliest known spring-driven clock (LDSAL131) made by Jacob Zech of Prague in 1524 at the British Museum, London (Room 38)

St Thomas Becket’s Casket (LDSAL110) an ornate reliquary to hold remains of St Thomas Becket, who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 at the British Museum, London (Room 1).

Small Roman votive shrine (LDSAL40) found at Lower Slaughter in 1769, near the Foss Way, at the Museum of Gloucester

Roman altarsRoman altars (left) and votive tablets found in the remains of Tynemouth Castle, two altars dedicated to Mars found at Benwell, red sandstone altar dedicated to Veteres found at Benwell, and an altar dedicated by Julius Pastor to Veteres at the Great North Museum, Tyne & Wear

Bronze Age socketed spearhead (LDSAL72a) from Hay on Wye, Powys and medieval brass seal matrix (LDSAL927) from Grace Dieu Abbey, Monmouthshire at National Museum Wales