Requesting a Loan

All loans are subject to availability and our conditions of loan.

We will normally expect loans to be on display and accessible to the public.

Loans must be planned well in advance and requests must be made in writing at least 6 months before the objects are required.

The basic principles of how we conduct loans are given in our External Loans Policy.

External Loans Policy Overview


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  • The Royal Armouries’ External Loans Policy which lays out the full conditions of loaning collection objects to external institutions.

Did you know?

Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.