Museum announces loans of Battle of Britain Artworks

Published on: 1 November 2019

The Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Logo

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the RAF Museum is making a selection of our Second World War art collection available to borrow for display.

The aim of this programme is to make works of art from our collection more publicly accessible, to enable greater exploration of Battle of Britain stories within the national context of the 80th anniversary, and to build stronger relationships between national and regional organisations to support knowledge exchange.

Borrowers will be able to request individual works or a selection from the list, to be displayed in any appropriate form of temporary exhibition or single object showcase.

The RAF Museum will provide curatorial information about the works, the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary logo/brand pack and will promote the loans to the public as part of a nationwide campaign to mark the anniversary.

London as it Was During the Blitz by Olga Lehmann, watercolour on paper; Gouache on paper

Works will be available to borrow from 1 March – 31 October 2020. The programme is open to expressions of interest from any Accredited regional museum or gallery (or organisations working towards Museum Accreditation).

Successful borrowers will be asked to share information about the RAF Museum with the displayed loan(s), and to share information about your organisation and Battle of Britain programme with us so we can promote your activities.

Transportation, courier support and nail to nail insurance costs must be met by the borrower.

The RAF Museum will endeavour to keep these costs as low as possible and will not recharge our internal administration costs.

Detailed condition reports, high resolution images and further details about the works can be provided upon request.

Anti-aircraft gun control centre by Elva Blacker, watercolour on paper

We welcome expressions of interest by 30th November 2019. As part of your EOI, please provide information about:

• Your selected loan(s) request. Please quote the RAFM accession number, title, and artist name in in all correspondence.
• Your proposed loan dates.
• Your display plans including the submission of UKRG Facilities Reports
• The collections (if any) you would be displaying alongside the loan(s).
• The audience reach the display would have
• Have you borrowed items from the RAF Museum/other national museum before?

Preference will be given to organisations that haven’t worked with the RAF Museum/other national museums for loans before. We would particularly welcome EOIs from organisations outside of London.

Please send your expression of interest via email to Lisa Hickman, the Museum’s Registrar.

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