Session 3 overview

So now you’ve secured funding and developed a strategic plan for your project, you need to prepare for your loan objects. Our third session will provide invaluable advice on how to approach loan objects – from initial applications, to arranging insurance and couriers and managing change and risk. Amongst other topics the panel will discuss the importance of working with loan partners, and the steps needed to secure that special loan. Joining the panel will be representatives from the Touring Exhibition Group, the Government Indemnity Scheme and UKRG.

Session 3 on-demand

Session 3 Speakers

Yvonne Brownlee, Senior Registrar at National Museums Scotland 

As Senior Registrar at National Museums Scotland, I lead the Registrar team and am responsible for the development and implementation of effective business processes for collection loans, acquisitions and disposals. National Museums Scotland holds one of the largest and most diverse national UK collections with five curatorial teams collecting across divers areas ranging from natural history specimens to aircraft. Ensuring legal and regulatory compliance across such a broad collection presents the Registrar team with an exciting and rewarding challenge.

Nicola Coleby, Partnerships & Development Manager at the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and Chair of the Touring Exhibitions Group

Nicola has over 30 years’ experience of developing exhibitions and partnerships, with wide networks in the UK museum and gallery sector and abroad, and research, exhibitions, curatorial, fundraising and management expertise developed through posts at national and regional museum level.  She is the Partnerships & Development Manager at the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, prior to which she was Keeper of Exhibitions at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery after working in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council in London.  She has long-standing experience of touring exhibitions in the UK and abroad, as well as working with artists on commissions and installations for the Royal Pavilion and at Brighton Museum.   She is Chair of the Touring Exhibitions Group and of HOUSE Biennial in Brighton. 

Susan Catcher, Senior Paper Conservator, V&A Museum

Susan Catcher initially qualified in textiles and used this specialism to work as a volunteer teacher in Kenya for three years. Whilst living in a mud hut, she studied for a BA honours degree in art history with the Open University and on returning to the UK she attended Camberwell College of Arts, London and graduated with an MA in Conservation in 1998.  After a period of freelance work she completed an internship in paper conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum and never really left. She is currently a Senior Paper Conservator in charge of National and International loans whilst also specializing in East Asian art. 

Carol Warner, Manager of the UK Government Indemnity Scheme, Museums and Cultural Property, Arts Council England

Carol has been the Manager of the UK GIS since 2015 and is involved in all aspects of the scheme providing advice and guidance to lenders and borrowers and their agents. Carol regularly speaks at events including the Art Fund’s Weston Loans Programme; TEG’s Preparing to Borrow and at the UK and European Registrars Groups. Previously she was Museums Accreditation Assessor, Arts Council England; and Executive Manager at the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland).

The Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) provides borrowers with an alternative to the cost of commercial insurance, enabling the public access to objects within the UK which might not otherwise be available.  It means that a UK museum, gallery, archive or library can arrange to borrow objects from private individuals and non-national institutions within the UK and abroad and in the event of loss or damage, compensation will be paid to the owner by the Government.