The Arts Council operates the Government Indemnity Scheme and also provides information on Immunity from Seizure.

Government Indemnity Scheme

The Government Indemnity Scheme offers an alternative to the cost of commercial insurance and is available to museums, galleries and libraries within the UK when borrowing works of art and objects for exhibitions and for long-term loan. It provides the public with access to world class exhibitions and objects which might otherwise not be available.

Immunity from Seizure

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcements Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK.