NPG - Items loaned to the Gallery to accompany permanent displays, 1968-1999

Scope and Content

Records relating to the long term loan of objects to the Gallery, ordinarily non-portrait works including furniture, ceramics, maps, architectural drawings and weapons and armour. Unlike portrait works on long term loan to the Gallery, these items were not allocated an internal acquisition number.

Materials contained in these files include: routine paperwork regarding the rationale for display, selection of items for loan and the administration of the loan over time until termination. In some instances a black and white photographic image of the loaned work has been included.

Administrative / Biographical History

The records suggest that many of these loans were instigated as part of the major redevelopments and rehangs of the late 1960s and the early to mid 1970s, where borrowed objects featured alongside works from the Gallery's permanent Collection, 'in order to induce some feeling of historical period and to relieve the monotony of portraits.'

Files in this series often relate to the re-display of various rooms within the Gallery.


Material has been filed by lending institution.

Access Information

Available to view by appointment in the Heinz Archive and Library Public Study Room, to make an appointment contact Archive Reception . Although records are generally available for public consultation, some information in them, such as personal data or information supplied to the Gallery in confidence, may be restricted.

Other Finding Aids

The complete catalogue for this archive can be searched via the NPG Archive Catalogue .

Conditions Governing Use

Personal photography is permitted for research purposes only. Photocopying is not permitted.

Related Material

See also records regarding the display of the permanent collection, including redecoration, rearrangement, and maintenance of rooms: NPG66/4/3.