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MA publishes key principles for UK loans

Patrick Steel, 01.02.2012
Smarter Loans will launch at the British Museum this Friday
The Museums Association will be launching its document Smarter Loans: key principles for loans in the UK at the British Museum (BM) this Friday.

The invite-only event will be hosted by BM director Neil MacGregor and MA president Vanessa Trevelyan, while Sophie Forgan, the chair of trustees at the Captain Cook Museum will talk about her museum's approach to loans, how to work with lenders, and what the benefits are for small museums.

The event will be attended by museum directors and partnership managers alongside representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, the Association of Independent Museums, and the UK Registrars Group.

The MA has been working with the sector on the key principles over the past year as part of its Esmee Fairbairn funded Effective Collections programme.

The aim of Smarter Loans is to make the case for loans and highlight the benefits they can bring both for museums and for the public, and to call on museums to make lending a core activity.

Trevelyan said: "I'm looking forward to the launch and the culmination of such an important piece of work.

"For my part, I'm delighted to publish Smarter Loans as the result of so much work over the years of Effective Collections.

"I'm particularly grateful to the working group who have incorporated all the comments from colleagues across the sector to create a set of principles based on consensus.

"I hope museums will use Smarter Loans to strengthen their own practice."

For more information and to download the document, click here