Loans to exhibitions

We are generous lenders to external exhibitions. We lend paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and furniture that are viewed by millions of visitors around the world. Here are some of our current and forthcoming loans.

Current loans

A face screen with collage

Victorian face screens to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 

This summer, a pair of Victorian face screens collaged with contemporary photographs from the collection at Coughton Court will join the exhibition 'Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage' at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place in Britain. Collage is often described as a 20th-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works. Opens 29 June.

Painting depicting Mary Queen of Scots bidding Farewell to France

William Powell Frith painting to The Mercer Art Gallery 

The Mercer Art Gallery's exhibition 'William Powell Frith: The People's Painter' marks the bicentenary of the artist's birth. Frith's panoramas of Victorian life made him the most popular painter of his time. His picture imagining Mary Queen of Scots setting sail from France, from the collection at Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire, is part of the exhibition.

Cigars that belonged to Winston Churchill

Churchill cigar and walking stick to FDR Presidential Library 

Winston Churchill's walking stick and one of his cigars from Chartwell, Kent are on show in the exhibition 'D-Day: FDR and Churchill’s "Mighty Endeavor"' at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of 'Operation Overload' – the Allied amphibious invasion of Normandy and focuses on the two leaders at the heart of the invasion - President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Forthcoming loans
Silver-gilt shield

Shield of Achilles to British Museum 

Three objects from our collections will join the exhibition 'Troy: myth and reality' at the British Museum, including Anglesey Abbey's magnificent Shield of Achilles, a masterpiece of Regency silver. The exhibition will tell Troy’s legendary stories with a diverse range of objects including archaeological discoveries that suggest there may be a real Troy behind the myth. Opening in November 2019.