NRM and Locomotion to introduce two-year moratorium on loans

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York and Locomotion in Shildon will introduce a two-year hiatus for lending objects and vehicles.

The moratorium is to allow NRM staff to implement the museum’s Vision 2025 master plan and will cover loan requests received between January 2022 and December 2023.

Existing loan agreements, those currently under discussion, or proposals received before January 31, 2022, will not be affected.

Heritage galas will be required to give at least six months of rail vehicle requests to attend. Plans for Flying Scotsman in 2022 and centennial celebrations in 2023 will not be affected.

From January 2024, new loan applications will be reviewed according to the museum’s standard notice periods of six months before UK loans start and nine months for international loans.

Ed Bartholomew, Chief Curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “Vision 2025 is a unique opportunity to connect the past with the present, inspire innovators, engineers and problem solvers of the future and become the museum of the way iron of the world.

“We will continue to make the collection as accessible as possible, which includes lending items from the collection nationally and internationally, but as major redevelopments are underway, our ability to administer new loan requests will be reduced.” . Introducing the temporary break on new loans is a smart step to ensure the team can fully implement our ambitious plans. “

The National Railway Museum’s search engine will not be affected and will remain open to researchers. Many objects from the collection are also visible online at

Both NRM and Locomotion are part of the Science Museum Group. They care for a diverse and internationally significant collection of 7.3 million items, including 275 rail vehicles, of which 62 are on loan to partner organizations across Britain, and one wagon on loan to the DB Museum from Nuremberg, Germany.

Along with full-size locomotives and cars, the NRM is home to many smaller items, from original locomotive designs to ephemeral railroads, as well as an air-conditioned art store with 4,420 works of art, 11,500 posters and more. ‘a million photographs.

While the NRM and Locomotion have a moratorium on loans, thousands of items held at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and the collections of the Science Museum Library and Archives will remain available for use. the loan.

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