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Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) for Non-National Loans

The GIS allows the public access to objects within the UK which might not otherwise be available, by providing borrowers with an alternative to the considerable cost of commercial insurance. It means that a museum, gallery or library can arrange to borrow objects from non-national institutions and in the event of loss or damage, compensation will be paid to the owner by the Government. Therefore the Government, rather than an insurance company, carries the risk. The GIS can cover loans whilst they are in transit, to and from the borrowing venue, storage, setting up, display and dismantling i.e. nail to nail. It enables thousands of objects to be exhibited around the country and in cash terms it has real value. At a notional rate of 0.5%, a common commercial insurance premium, it saves museums around 5 million a year. Most importantly it facilitates loans, and allows bigger and better exhibitions and long-term displays, giving the public further opportunities to see a wide range of objects in museums, galleries and libraries throughout the UK from Culloden to Croydon.

Please visit the showcase to view a selection of objects which highlights the wide scope of the GIS.

You can also read the PDF version of the Government Indemnity Scheme Leaflet (207KB).

The GIS has covered many major exhibitions in the UK, notably those of the work of Poussin, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Monet and Van Gogh, as well as German Expressionists, French Impressionists, modern American artists and of course British artists ranging from Turner, Gainsborough, and Constable to Spencer, Hockney, and Whiteread.

See the list of current exhibitions to find out what is currently on display.

The GIS is not fine art biased and does not only cover loans from the UK and this is reflected in the enormous range of objects that have been indemnified. These include icons from Bulgaria, mosaics from Italy, dinosaurs from China, sculpture from India, gold from the Ukraine, electric bulb installations from the USA, carpets from Persia and teapots from England.

Information/Forms Format

Government Indemnity Scheme Leaflet

Government Indemnity Scheme Leaflet - pdf version

format: pdf PDF 207KB
Frequently Asked Questions about the Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) format: html HTML
Standard Conditions of Indemnity format: pdf PDF 191KB
Application Form format: doc Word 81KB
Application Form for borrowers with Designated Status format: doc Word 76KB
List of Museums with Designated Status
Environmental Checklist format: pdf PDF 22KB
Guide to the Use of Barrier Rails or Ropes format: html HTML
Additional Advice and Guidance format: html HTML

For further information about the Government Indemnity Scheme, contact Gregory Eades on +44 (0)20 7273 1420 or email gregory.eades@mla.gov.uk

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Louisa, Lady Clarges (nee Skrine), by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) - Photograph by kind permission of the Holburne Museum of Art. Staunton Harold, Paten & Cover - Photograph Copyright Leicester City Museums. Brass Plaque, Southern Nigeria, 16th/17th century - Photograph courtesy of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Seated Buddha, Kashmir, India, 9th century - Photograph Copyright Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The Dormition of the Virgin, by Jacopo del Casentino c.1310-20 - Photograph Copyright Aberdeen Art Gallery. Crown, from the Gilbert Collection - Photograph courtesy of the Gilbert Collection Trust. The Great Bookcase, by William Burges (1827-81) - Photograph Copyright Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.


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