The Ashmolean Museum is justly proud of its longstanding support of cultural institutions in the UK and across the globe, through the lending of its collections, and gratefully acknowledges the support from those institutions in return.
Pressures on resources, exacerbated by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, have however necessitated a review of all the Ashmolean’s activities which has resulted in changes to the Museum’s policy on lending its collections.
Because of the impact of Covid, the loans programme for 2022 is already at capacity. Reluctantly, therefore, with immediate effect, there is a moratorium on all new loan requests for exhibitions beginning in the calendar year 2022. This will not affect existing agreements.
After 2022 we will resume our loans programme but, for the foreseeable future, we will not be able to lend to the extent, or with the flexibility we have in the past.
The Ashmolean must rigorously apply loan application deadlines, namely a 12 month notice period for loans within the UK and an 18 month notice period for international loans. In addition there will be a cap of seven objects within each loan and restrictions on the availability of some types of object.
The Ashmolean is taking these steps in order to continue to provide effective and equitable support for our cultural partners in a way that is responsible and sustainable. We thank you for your understanding.