Between 2016 and 2018, £2.4 million will be available via Arts Council funding to support non-national museums across the country to receive loaned items from National Museums or Major Partner Museums.

Museum Development will play a vital part in supporting Accredited museums with applications for Ready to Borrow and will be the Sector Support Organisation responsible for administering the funding to their regional museums.

The scheme will offer funding for smaller museum improvements, ensuring organisations meet necessary requirments in order to receive loans from major collections, and seeks to address the need for better display cases, correct lighting, increased security and even temperature control so that important objects and artefacts are looked after.

Museums in the Accreditation scheme should contact their local Museum Development provider for further details.