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 Museum Collections Manager for information on our terms and conditions of loan.

Loans to Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & The Thames

River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames (1st February 201914th July 2019)

Loan: Hand dyed skeins of wool (KM 624)

Loan: News From Nowhere, book signed by William Morris to May Morris (KM 099)

 Architecture of London

Guildhall Art Gallery, London (31st May 2019 - 1st December 2019)

Loan: Old St Paul's Diptych, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 304)

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

Please note that Room 52 is currently closed for refurbishment (February to August 2018). However you can still view our work using the National Gallery's virtual tour of the Early Renaissance paintings

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


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 1)

 Becket Basket

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

964_LDSAL_Roman _altar _BenwellRoman 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 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 to temporary exhibitions occurred during the past 10 years:


Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough (25 August 2018 to 6 January 2019)

Loan: The Lindsey Psalter, vellum illuminated manuscript (MS 59)

Loan: The Black Book of Peterborough, vellum and ink manuscript (MS 60)

The Paston Treasure: Riches & Rarities of the Known World

Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk (23 June to 23 September 2018)

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (15 February to 27 May 2018)

Loan: 'Charlemagne', Oil on oak panel (LDSAL 319)

Loan: Edward IV arched top, oil on oak panel  (LDSAL 320)

Loan: Richard III arched top, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 321)

Loan: Ferdinand of Aragon, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 323)

Loan: Louis XII, King of France, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 324)

Loan: Francois I, King of France, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 325)

Loan: Christian II, King of Denmark, oil on oak panel (LDSAL 326)

Loan: 'Monsour de Nassou', oil on oak panel (LDSAL 327)

Loan: Philip of Cleves, 'Monsour de Ravestein', oil on oak panel (LDSAL 328)

Oriental Christians: 2000 Years of History

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (25 September 2017 to 14 January 2018)

MUba Eugene Leory, Tourcoing (22 February 2018 to 12 June 2018)

Loan: Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, William Harvey, 1909 (Scharf 95 and 96)

William Morris and Company: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Great Britain

Fundación Juan March, Madrid (6 October 2017 to 14 January 2018)

Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya (22 February 2018 to 20 May 2018).

Loan: Ford Madox Brown Washstand (KM 298)

Loan: Daisy Hanging, William and Jane Morris (KM033.3)

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

National Gallery, London (2 October 2017 to 2 April 2018)

Loan: Convex Mirror from Kelmscott Manor (KM 611)

Lords of the Ocean. Treasures of the Portuguese Empire of the 16th-18th centuries

Moscow Kremlin Museums, Moscow (8 December 2017 to 25 February 2018)

Loan: View of the Rua Nova dos Mercadores, Lisbon, oil on canvas, anonymous Netherlandish artist, c. 1570-1619 (KM 186.1 & 2)

May Morris: Art and Life

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London (7 October 2017 to 28 January 2018)

Loan: 'The Homestead and the Forest' Cot Quilt, Jane and May Morris, 1890 (KM 612) (pictured below)

Loan: Hanging from William Morris' bed (KM 231)

Loan: 'The Heavens declare...' embroidery, May Morris (KM 153)

Loan: May and Jenny Morris, Oil on canvas, George Howard, 1871 (KM 063)

Loan: May Morris, Pastel, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1871 (KM 060)

Loan: Embroidered placemats, May Morris (KM 569.2, 4, 6)

Loan: Book of designs, May Morris (Kelmscott Manor)

Loan: Watercolour set, May Morris (Kelmscott Manor)

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)

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)

The Global City: Lisbon in the Renaissance

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

Loan: View of the Rua Nova dos Mercadores, Lisbon, oil on canvas, anonymous Netherlandish artist, c. 1570-1619 (KM 186.1 & 2)

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.

'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 (LDSAL 305)

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 (LDSAL 559)

Loan: Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, William Harvey, 1909 (Scharf 95 and 96)


National Museums Scotland (11 March 2016 to 25 September 2016)

Loan: Cotterdale sword and scabbard, c. A.D. 45-125, discovered in Cotterdale, North Yorkshire (LDSAL 700)

Sicily: Culture and Conquest

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

Loan: Becket Casket, reliquary, 1195-1200, enamel on copper, using a technique developed at Limoges in France (LDSAL 110)

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

Delaware (7 November 2015 to 31 January 2016).

Also exhibited at the Watts Gallery (1 March 2016 to 5 June 2016)

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)

Loans: 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)

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

Loan: three 19th-century brass rubbings (Burlington House).

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)

Loan: Ferdinand of Aragon, Oil on oak panel (LDSAL 323).

Magna Carta And The Changing Face of Revolt

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

Loan: Bosworth Cross (LDSAL 446)

The Real Tudors. Kings and Queens Re-discovered

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

Loan: Mary I by Hans Eworth (LDSAL 336)

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

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

This 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)

Loan: William Morris’s original drawing for the cover of the Kelmscott Chaucer to be bound in pigskin, c. 1895 (Kelmscott Manor);

Loan: the linen lecture scroll used by Morris when he lectured on design (Kelmscott Manor); 

Loan: the Daisy hanging, designed by Morris and worked by William and Jane for the Red House (KM033);

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 (Kelmscott Manor);

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)

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

Faces Then: Renaissance Portraits From the Low Countries

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

Loan: Jan van Scorel, by Antonis Mor (LDSAL 338).

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)