Borrowing from other museums and private collections brings benefits to the borrower and the lender, as well as audiences. But requests for loans are often turned down, for a variety of reasons.

In this issue of Museum Practice, Penny Ritchie Calder explains the benefits of loans and shows how museums can improve their chances of making successful requests.

Plus, in light of funding cuts and concerns about carbon footprints, she explores what the future holds for loans and asks whether environmental standards should be lowered. There are also case studies of regional, national and international loans and the chance for you to have your say on the issues raised.

Making successful loan requests

Borrowing from other museums is not as daunting as it might seem. Penny Ritchie Calder offers some tips for success

The future for loans

Funding cuts are putting museum loans at risk. Penny Ritchie Calder looks at how loans can be more economically – and environmentally – sustainable

Have your say on loans

Should environmental standards for loans be lowered? Have your say...

Case study: regional loans

A gallery upgrade and good communications helped facilitate a regional loan between the New Art Gallery Walsall and Chepstow Museum

Case study: national loans

The loan of an Egyptian mummified cat from the British Museum to Ely Museum has resulted in a host of mutual benefits

Case study: international loans

Virginia Ibbott, of Asia House, explains some of the difficulties of borrowing two delicate ash paintings by the Chinese artist Zhang Huan

Loans: further resources

Find out more about loans, from what work the MA is doing to must-read reports on improving the mobility of collections

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