Loans from our Collection

The Royal Air Force Museum lends objects to museums and galleries in the United Kingdom and around the world.

We are delighted to be able to open our Loans Programme again. The Loans Programme has re-opened on 17 May. Objects will be available for loan from November 2021 onwards. With our six months’ notice period we are now welcoming enquiries and requests for loans.

The RAF Museum shares the story of the RAF through the objects in our collection and is keen to make these objects publicly accessible. As the collection is extensive, we are unable to put all of the objects on display at our two public sites. Loans are, therefore, important in helping us make the national collection as widely accessible as possible.

With our doors reopened we are welcoming back visitors, new and faithful, who are visiting our sites to explore the RAF story and delight in the objects, including those on loan to us. Our new Covid-19 safe measures ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers and enable our team to maintain their vigilance in caring for these incredible objects.

We at the Royal Air Force Museum would like to extend our thanks to our lenders for their generosity and continuing support in allowing us to showcase their objects.

How to borrow objects – things to consider

If you wish to enquire about borrowing objects from the Royal Air Force Museum’s collection, there are some important points to consider before submitting your request:

Before requesting a loan, borrowers need to consider the costs associated with loaning objects from a national collection. In line with other Accredited museums, the borrower is responsible for all direct costs including packing, transport, couriering, conservation, loan inspection.

Please ensure all fields of this form are completed. Additionally, all loans must be accompanied by completed UK Registrars Group (UKRG) reports, any incomplete forms will not be accepted as formal loan applications. 

UKRG report:

You can find further information about the process for loaning objects from our collection in our Guide to Borrowing Guide to borrowing. Make sure you have read this document before you submit your request.

Time frames

For requests from UK based institutions we require six months’ and from international institutions we require 12 month's advance notice to ensure we can undertake all the work necessary to administer the loan. The maximum period for any loan agreement is 3 years and is subject to renewal.  

Hazards

When requesting items that may contain hazardous materials (radiation, firearms) we ask you to ensure you have the appropriate licences and procedures in place before submitting your request as we will require proof as part of our consideration process.

Loans to RAF

For RAF personnel, offices and stations wishing to loan objects, please get in touch with Erica Ferguson at RAF Heritage Branch in the first instance to discuss your requirements.

Erica can be contacted as follows: 

Wing Commander EJ Ferguson RAF
SO1 RAF Heritage
Room 29 Meteor
Air Command
RAF High Wycombe Walters Ash
Buckinghamshire
HP14 4UE DFTS: (95221) 3805 
Office: +44 01494 493805
Mobile: 07813 85671
Email: ferguson117@mod.gov.uk

For any further questions related to this, please email Loan.Requests@rafmuseum.org

All loans requests are to be submitted through our online Loans Request System

All loans are subject to object availability and our terms and conditions.

Information

If you would like to enquire about borrowing an object from the Royal Air Force Museum, please contact:

Lisa Hickman,

Museum Registrar

E: lisa.hickman@rafmuseum.org

Royal Air Force Museum,

Grahame Park Way,

London, NW9 5LL