Collection Mobility

Museums have a long tradition of sharing the cultural heritage in their custody with other museums and institutions. To lend objects to other museums is considered one of their most important tasks. Through the mobility of collections people can become acquainted with, appreciate, enjoy and understand their own and other cultures, thus enabling them to pass on this heritage to future generations.

Since 2004, EU Presidencies have been focusing on the topic of Collection Mobility. Since 2008, the Open Method of Coordination groups (OMC groups), established by the EU, have been continuously working on topics concerning collection mobility on the European level.

In this context, NEMO has developed European guidelines to increase the mobility of collections through the development of a standardised loan agreement that can be used by all kinds of museums in Europe.  

Updated information on the topic, including materials and legislation on different aspects of the mobility of collections is available at

To access publications and other documents that regard Collection Mobility, head to the Reading Corner

Recent News in Collection Mobility

[Call for Papers] ICOM ICFA: Changing rooms?! Permanent displays and their storage News, Collection Mobility, Projects & Calls

15.03.2017 | ICOM's International Committee for museums and collections of fine arts (ICFA) has issued a call for papers for its annual meeting in September 2017 on displays of permanent collections and the relationship between the exhibition...
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Heritage in Motion Awards 2017: Apply now! News, Museums in a Digital World, Projects & Calls, Collection Mobility

10.01.2017 | The Awards honor innovative and new multimedia projects promoting, exploring and/or safeguarding Europe's cultural heritage. Museum directors, producers, representatives from different organisations, public bodies, developers and...
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Statement of the UK registrars group: What does the Brexit mean for culture and museums in the UK? News, Collection Mobility, EU Culture Policy

15.12.2016 | In their impact statement the UK Registrar Group (UKRG) formulated its concerns and key questions on the UK's EU exit.
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