Loaning objects to other institutions is an important function of any collection, and non more so than with the Living Cultures collection. As I mentioned in my previous post (Coming to America) we currently have an Iroquois club and axe head on loan to the Bowes Museum, but we also have several Maori objects on loan to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby. The objects, which inlcude an impressive Maori canoe prow, are taking part in the exhibition Oceans apart! Canoes of the Pacific on until early November 2013 . For more information visithttp://www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk/special-exhibition/. Quite wonderfully the Cook recently won the 2013 Visit England award for the best Small Visitor Attraction!
We also have a loan returning to us soon from the exhibition The Seven Treasures: Japanese Enamels from the V&A at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield. The exhibition closes this coming Sunday, for more information visit http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/the-seven-treasures-japanese-enamels-from-the-v-and-a. The loan in question is a samurai helmet used to illustrate the importance and sophistocation of Japanese lacquer work.
Sharing objects from the Living Cultures collection with new audiences, institutions and colleagues is always a welcome opportunity.