Objects on the Move

The Society believes in making its collections widely available, and regularly contributes to many different exhibitions and displays at venues in the UK and around the world by lending objects from its collections. We welcome requests to lend items to exhibitions or displays that are open to the general public and contribute to knowledge and understanding of their subject. Please contact the Collections Manager for information on our terms and conditions of loan.

Current and Forthcoming Loans

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty

The Holburne Museum, Bath (11 February 2017 to 4 June 2017)

Loan: Spring, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, 1632, oil painting from Kelmscott Manor.

The Global City: Lisbon in the Renaissance

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Portugal (24 February 2017 to 9 April 2017)

Loan: View of Lisbon, paintings from Kelmscott Manor.

British Art: Ancient Landscapes

Salisbury Museum, Salisbury (8 April 2017 to 3 September 2017)

Loan:Stonehenge from the East, John William Inchbold, 1886, (LDSAL 1301).

Loan: Cromlech Near Newport (Chamber Tomb of Pentre Ifan), Richard Tongue, 1835 (LDSAL 344.1)

Battles and Dynasties

The Collection, Lincoln (28 May 2017 to 4 September 2017)

Loan: Henry V, unknown artist (LDSAL 296).

Loan: Edward IV (rectangular frame), unknown artist (LDSAL 297)

Loan: Richard III (broken sword), unknown artist (LDSAL 331)

Long-term Loans

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:

  • The earliest known spring-driven clock made by Jacob Zech of Prague in 1524 at the British Museum, London (Room 38-39)
  • St Thomas Becket Casket, an ornate reliquary to hold remains of St Thomas Becket, who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 at the British Museum, London (Room 40)
  • Small Roman votive shrine found at Lower Slaughter in 1769, near the Foss Way at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
  • Roman altars 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 from Hay on Wye, Powys and medieval brass seal matrix from Grace Dieu Abbey, Monmouthshire at National Museum Wales
  • Saxon brooch, plated with silver and gilt, found in 1785 near Rothley Temple, Leicestershire, with coins dated to the period of the Roman emperor Constantine at the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester

Previous Loans

The following loans occurred in during the past 10 years, but are no longer on display:

'To Fetch Out the Fire': Reviving London, 1666

Royal College of Physicians (5 September 2016 to 19 December 2016)

Loan: The Great Fire of London (c. 1666-1700) 

Loan: Royal proclamations made by King Charles II (Proclamations 138 and 139).

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (26 September 2016 to 8 January 2017)

Loan: 14th-century Catalan astrolabe

Loan: two framed drawings by William Harvey dating from 909 showing the medieval mosaics from the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.


Cotterdale SwordNational Museums Scotland (11 March 2016 to 25 September 2016)

Loan: Cotterdale sword, c. A.D. 45-125, discovered in Cotterdale, North Yorkshire.

Sicily: Culture and Conquest

The British Museum (21 April 2016 to 14 August 2016)

Thomas _Becket _casketLoan: Becket Casket, reliquary, 1195-1200, enamel on copper, using a technique developed at Limoges in France.

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman

Delaware (7 November 2015 to 31 January 2016).

Will also be exhibited at the Watts Gallery (1 March 2016 to 5 June 2016)

Stillman Loan: Feeding the Doves, Marie Spartali Stillman (1884-1927), 1904, from Kelmscott Manor.

The Arts and Crafts House: Nineteenth Century to Now

The Laing Gallery, Newcastle (10 October 2015 to 31 January 2016)

KM Daisy HangingLoans: textiles ‘Strawberry Thief’ (1883), ‘If I Can’ (1857), ‘Daisy’ wall hanging embroidery (c. 1860)

Loan: Spring’ by Peter the Younger (1632).

Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings From 1860 to Now

Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (USA) (11 September to 3 January 2016)

Brass RubbingsFormerly at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (USA) (8 February to 31 May 2015)

Loan: three 19th-century brass rubbings.

Ferdinand II of Aragon: the King Who Pictured Spain and Paved its Way to Europe

Aljaferia Royal Palace, Saragossa (10 March to 7 June 2015)

LDSAL 323 FerdinandLoan: Ferdinand of Aragon.

Magna Carta And The Changing Face of Revolt

Palace Green Library, Durham (1 June - 31 August 2015)

LDSAL 446 - Bosworth Cross

Loan: Bosworth Cross.

The Real Tudors. Kings and Queens Re-discovered

National Portrait Gallery, London (12 September 2014 to 1 March 2015)

Mary 175x 175Loan: Mary I by Hans Eworth.

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (13 November 2014 to 1 March 2015)

Blake _Edward I tomb _openingThis major exhibition focused on the extraordinary life and work of William Blake (1757–1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books. At a young age William Blake showed artistic promise and, at the age of 15, was apprenticed to James Basire, the official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries of London. Under Basire’s tutelage, Blake was sent out to study London’s gothic churches and, most particularly, the monuments and decorations in Westminster Abbey—an experience which was to prove formative for his later style and imagery. Drawings of these monuments lent by the Society helped exemplify his already unorthodox approach. Also on display was the original copperplate of ‘Le Champ du Drap d’Or’ engraved at Basire’s studio.

Love is Enough

Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (28 November 2014 to 31 March 2015)

KM Daisy HangingLoan: William Morris’s original drawing for the cover of the Kelmscott Chaucer to be bound in pigskin, c. 1895; 

Loan: the linen lecture scroll used by Morris when he lectured on design; 

Loan: the Daisy hanging, designed by Morris and worked by William and Jane for the Red House;

Loan: the rubbing made by Morris of a memorial brass in Great Coxwell Church commemorating one 'William Morys sumtyme fermer of Cokyswell' and 'Johayne his wife', c. 1510;

Loan: a selection of printing blocks for Morris’s The Story of Cupid & Psyche (LDSAL 934).

Ecclesiastical Embroidery

Ely Cathedral (4 February to 28 February 2015)

LDSAL 104 - chasuble pinLoan: 11th-century gilded bronze chasuble pin, originally from the tomb of Archbishop Wulfstan at Ely.

Faces Then: Renaissance Portraits From the Low Countries

BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (6 February to 17 May 2015)

Van ScorelLoan: Jan van Scorel, by Antonis Mor.

Set In Stone? How Our Ancestors Saw Stonehenge

Stonehenge Visitor Centre (2014)

Loan: Five early books and illustrations from our library collections helped to tell this story.

George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle: Artist and Patron

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (2013)

Loan: watercolour of Jenny and May Morris at Naworth Castle by Howard from our collections at Kelmscott Manor.

Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

Manchester City Art Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (2012)

Loans: several pieces of furniture designed by Brown for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company from our collections at Kelmscott Manor.

Shakespeare and the Theatre of the World

British Museum, London (2012)

Loan: Diptych of Old St Paul’s (1616)

Loan: ‘Richard III with a broken sword’ (early sixteenth century),

Loan: processional cross found at the site of the Battle of Bosworth

Loan: fourteenth-century Jewish Sabbath lamp found in Windsor.

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Tate Britain, London (2012)

Loan: William Morris’s bed from Kelmscott Manor with its hangings designed by William Morris, and executed by Jane and May Morris, Lily Yeats and Ellen Wright.

Great Mughals: Reality, Myth and Legacy

British Library, London (2012)

Loan: A rare Mughal decorative marble wall plaque with a dedicatory inscription to Jahangir from our collections featured in this exhibition of the art of the Mughals from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900

V&A Museum, London, and then toured to Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, United States (2011-2012)

Loan: chair designed by Philip Webb from Kelmscott Manor


Tate Britain, London (2011)

Loan: album of original watercolours of view in Westminster by William Capon painted in the early nineteenth century.

Ivories from Ceylon: Luxury Goods from the Renaissance

Reitberg Museum, Zurich, Switzerland (2011)

Loan: two rare late sixteenth century paintings of the main street in Lisbon, the centre for global trade with Ceylon. The Rua Nova dos Mercadores became the most important street in Lisbon where all the shops of the Italian, Flemish and German merchants were located and where the luxury goods, diamonds and precious stones from Portuguese Asia were available for sale.

William Morris: Calligraphy and Illumination

William Morris Gallery, London (2010)

Loan: two of Morris’s calligraphic manuscripts.

William Morris: A Sense of Place at Blackwell

Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria (2010)

Loan: selection of the book-binding tools for the special binding of Morris’s The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Loan: selection of printing blocks for Morris’s ‘The Story of Cupid & Psyche’,

Loan: four sixteenth-century Italian writing manuals owned by Morris.

Brilliance in Bronze: Collections of Kings and Queens

Palacio Real de Madrid, Spain (2009)

Loan: album of drawings of the collection of statues, busts, bas reliefs, vases, fountains etc. formed in Rome by Gaspar de Haro y Guzmán, Marqués del Carpio, between 1676 and 1682.

500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII (1509)

Loan: Francois I

Loan: Henry VI

Loan: Henry VII

Loan: Edward IV

Loan: the Embarkation of Henry VIII were lent to Henry VIII: Man and Monarch at the British Library, London.

Our portraits of Mary I by Hans Eworth and Jane Seymour were included in Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts at Hampton Court Palace.

Our engraving of the Encampment of the British Forces near Portsmouth, 1545 featured in Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill at the Tower of London.

Scorel’s Glory: How a Utrecht-based painter brought the Renaissance to the North

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2009)

Loan: Jan van Scorel by Anthonis Mor van Dashorst was originally part of the funerary monument to Scorel, and for this exhibition the monument was re-created.

The King’s High Table

Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London (2008)

Loan: William Capon’s watercolour View of the interior of the Painted Chamber Looking East (1799)