DMBC Museum Service welcomes loans, donations and bequests that fit within its Collections Development Policies. These policies state what will and will not be accepted into the collections. This is a requirement for holding Accreditation, a professional standard set by Arts Council England. It is often with regret that we cannot accept all objects of historical interest, but if they do not fit into our CDP we cannot accept them.
The collections are made of three parts:
If you have an object which you think may be of interest, Please read the information regarding Object Donations.
Should you wish to make a bequest, please contact the relevant Curator beforehand so that the nature of the bequest can be discussed.
If a donation is accepted, the Curator will complete an Object Entry Form, which the donor will be asked to sign. This confirms that the donor has undisputed title to the object and full power to dispose of it and transfers ownership of the object to the Museum Service.
The Museums Service will consider accepting items on long-term loan. Loans are normally made for a fixed period up to a maximum of five years and can then be returned or re-negotiated once the initial loan period is over. A Loan Agreement Form will need to be completed.