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National Museums and Galleries: Items on Overseas Loan

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Blackstone: Answers for the museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are set out in the following table.

Many of the loans listed in the table are duplicate items or are items which would otherwise be held in store. They comprise a tiny fraction of the millions of items held by National Museums and Galleries.

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Government-sponsored Museum and Gallery Brief description of item(s) on loan When item(s) was originally loaned Why the item(s) were sent on loanWhether the Trustees were aware that item(s) were on loan
Museum of Science and Industry in ManchesterNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Horniman MuseumNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Imperial War MuseumNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Wallace CollectionNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Sir John Soane's MuseumNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Tyne & Wear MuseumsNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Museum of LondonNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
National Museums and Galleries on MerseysideBase for a Delft vaseSeptember 1995To the Metropolitan Museum for their Delft vase which needed a baseYes
National Maritime MuseumThree naval uniforms1963Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Ship model Zeven Provencien1971Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Ship model Kaiser Friedrich III1977Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Navigational instrument: Artificial Horizon1980Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Ship model Greenwich1998Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Ship model Raleigh1966Loaned for exhibition/galley displayYes
National Portrait GalleryPortrait Catherine of Braganza1971Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy LisbonYes
Portrait Warren Hastings1987Loaned to Government Art Collection, British High Commission, New DelhiYes
Portrait 4th Duke of Bedford1981Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy ParisYes
Portrait Countess de Grammont1973Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy ParisYes
Portrait Lady Masham1981Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy ParisYes
Portrait Maria Sobieska1980Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Portrait 1st Earl of Rochester1980Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
TatePainting Bathing Scene, BaliOctober 1994Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to bridge the gap in the borrowing institution's holding of the artists workYes
Painting The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar1968Originally loaned to the Governor's residence in Gibraltar, but since 1993 loaned for exhibition/gallery display at the Gibraltar MuseumYes
Painting Miss Louisa van Diest1969Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy ParisYes
Painting Master Frederick van Diest1969Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy ParisYes
National Museum of Science and Industry (National Museum of Photography, Film and TV)No items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
National Museum of Science and Industry (Science Museum)Watkin aneroid barometer1980Loaned for display in Dutch Arctic Expeditions GallerySee Note 1
Gregorian telescope1990Study and displaySee Note 1
Iron bitumen telegraph cable1994Loaned for display in Communications GallerySee Note 1
Panel 1 and end plate for the electronic computer Edsac 11982Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Ferranti pegboard program tray1982Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
HMV portable disc recorder and associated items1999Loaned for display in Operation EpsilonSee Note 1
Trial model and spare wheel for analytical engine1999Loaned for display in exhibition "Cyberworlds: computers and connections"See Note 1
Model of twin screw steamer Islander and five framed photographsPre 1998Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Model of the T.S.MajesticPre 1998Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Experimental speculum, illustration of the Great Nebula in Orion, experimental compound speculum mirror, a profile gauge with concave profile, a profile gauge with convex profile, an oval secondary speculum mirror and a "Finder" telescopic eyepiece1998Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Symphonion twin-disc musical box and 10 pairs of discs1995Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
A Horn compound condensing beam engine and a Whitworth lathe1981Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
An Easton Amos & Sons Grasshopper steam engine1976Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Three items relating to the Hale war rocket1992Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Working scale model of Newcomen atmospheric engine1985Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
V1 pulse jet engine and V2 graphite vane1997Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
National Museum of Science and Industry (National Railway Museum)Four Jersey Railways & Tramways nameplates, four Jersey Railway numberplates, a Jersey Railway coat-of-arms, a departure clock and two locomotive worksplates for 2-4-0 tank1990Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Model of East India Railway 3rd class bogie carriage. Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway model of a 4-6-0 locomotive and tender; and a model of a Grand Indian Peninsular Railway tourist carriage1978Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Model of Jenny Lind type locomotive and tender1956Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 1
Natural History MuseumNo items are on long-term loan to overseas organisations
Victoria and Albert MuseumNine Chinese/Japanese vasesNovember 1994Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 2
36 objects including dishes, plates and medals etcJuly 1963Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 2
26 electrotypes and two silver platesOctober 1976Loaned to British Embassy RomeSee Note 2
Breastplates and gauntletsNovember 1947Loaned for exhibition/gallery displaySee Note 2
Royal Armouries177 pieces of 17th century munition armour, 316 19th century military pistols, 225 19th century bayonets and 245 19th century swords1920Loaned to the Dominion Archivist, Canada; the Australian War Museum, Australia; Ministry of the Interior, New Zealand; the Natal Museum and Port Elizabeth Museum, PretoriaSee Note 3
Six 19th century firearms, four bayonets, 12 19th century military swords and 10 items of 17th century munition armour1922Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Museo de Armas de la Nacion, ArgentinaSee Note 3
Five items of 17th century munition armour; nine 19th century military firearms and seven 19th century edged weapons1938Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Royal Ontario Museum, CanadaSee Note 3
Six items of 17th century munition armour, 10 19th century military firearms and 11 19th century edged weapons1938Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Army Museum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaSee Note 3
Three 19th century edged weapons and five 19th century firearms1938Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, CanadaSee Note 3
Six items of 17th century munition armour, 6 19th century military firearms and 11 edged weapons1938Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Canada and Zimbabwe Military Museum, ZimbabweSee Note 3
Six 18th century carbines and four cannon1949Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Colonial Williamsburg, USASee Note 3
One drum, five firearms and 12 edged weapons1963Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Newfoundland Museum, USASee Note 3
Seven 19th century edged weapons, five 19th century firearms and a 19th century cannon1965Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Waterloo Museum, BelgiumSee Note 3
Three items of 16th century munition armour, four 19th century military firearms and seven 19th century edged weapons1965Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Mutare Museum (Umtali), ZimbabweSee Note 3
Six bayonets and seven 19th and 20th century firearms1969Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Jersey Museum ServicesSee Note 3
A 17th century matchlock musket1971Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the National Museum of IrelandSee Note 3
A 16th century Shaffron1985Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USASee Note 3
Four items of 17th century munition armour, one bandoleer and a crossbow bolt1989Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, USASee Note 3
A 18pdr QF MKII1987Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Regiment of Artillery Association, IndiaSee Note 3
Three 16th century armours and three items of 16th/17th century armour1998Loaned for exhibition/gallery display to the Cleveland Museum of Art, USASee Note 3
National GalleryPainting Prince Rupert1986Loaned to Government Art Collection, British Embassy PragueYes
Landscape Painting Hawking Party1996Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
Painting The Swearing of the Oath of Ratification of the Treaty of Munster1999Loaned for exhibition/gallery displayYes
British MuseumA fragment of a sarcophagus1939Loaned for study purposesYes
Four sculptures1970Loaned for study purposesYes
Pottery vessels and fragments of vessels1964, 1968 and 1984Loaned for study purposesYes

Note 1:

The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Science and Industry have delegated the decision to approve loan requests to the approvals team at the Science Museum and the loans are vetted by the museum's security adviser.

Note 2:

The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum delegate responsibility for the loan of objects individually valued at under £500,000 to the director. All objects currently on long-term overseas loan are valued at under £500,000. All objects on loan are listed in the museum's annual report.

Note 3:

The Royal Armouries became a trustee body in 1984. Decisions on overseas loans continued to be taken by museum officers. In 1989 the trustees reviewed a full report of all existing loans and approved the continuation of the procedure of overseas loans being approved by officers. In 2001, a new procedure was adopted and all overseas loans are now approved by the Board of Trustees.


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