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Friday, August 12, 2022

National Railway Museum & Locomotion to Introduce Loans Moratorium

The National Railway Museum and Railway Movement are set to introduce a temporary hiatus in new loan agreements for objects and vehicles to enable colleagues to deliver Vision 2025’s master plan.

The moratorium will cover loan applications received between January 2022 and December 2023. This will not affect existing loan agreements, those currently under discussion, or proposals received before January 31, 2022.

Requests for railway vehicles to participate in heritage celebrations will require at least six months notice. The plans for Flying Scotsman in 2022 and the Centenary Celebrations in 2023 will not be affected.

Ed Bartholomew, chief curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “The 2025 vision is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to connect the past with the present, inspire innovators, engineers and problem solvers of the future and make the World Railway Museum.

“We will continue to make the collection as accessible as possible including borrowing items from the collection both nationally and internationally, but while major renovations are being made, our ability to manage new loan applications will be reduced.

The search engine facility at the National Railway Museum will not be affected and will remain open to researchers. Many objects from the collection can also be seen online at www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/research-and-archive .

From January 2024 we expect to start receiving new loan applications in accordance with our normal notice periods of six months before the start of UK loans and nine months for international loans.

The National Railroad Museum in York and Locomotion in Shildon are part of the Science Museum group that cares for a diverse and internationally significant collection of 7.3 million items.

This includes 275 rail vehicles – 62 of which are on loan to partner organizations distributed across the country from South Devon to Scotland, with one cart on loan to the DB Museum in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Museum in York is also home to many smaller items, from original locomotive drawings to a train and air-conditioned art store that houses 4,420 works of art, 11,500 posters and more than a million photographs.

Thousands of items are held at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and the National Museum of Science and Media in Bradford, and the library and archive collections of the Science Museum will remain available for loan during this period.

For loan questions, please contact us Group.Registration@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.

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