Environmental Conditions – Temporary suspension of the minimum requirement for Temperature until 31 March 2023

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If your museum has objects on loan under the Government Indemnity Scheme, please note that Arts Council England and DCMS have agreed a temporary suspension of the minimum requirement for Temperature until 31 March 2023.

Note that any environmental changes must first be agreed with your lender.


To support museums with rising energy costs throughout the winter months, Arts Council England has agreed, with DCMS, to suspend the minimum temperature requirement within the Government Indemnity Scheme for the next four months December – March.

The standard requirement for temperature is: 16°C – 24°C with a maximum fluctuation of 4°C within 24 hours.  The minimum requirement of 16°C will be suspended to 31st March 2023.

This arrangement is introduced with immediate effect and is not expected to produce negative impact on collections and loan items under indemnity.  This temporary arrangement requires a planned approach of gradually reducing the temperature at the beginning and restoring at end of the 4 month period, to create a slow and gradual change to the period with no minimum temperature control; and in agreement with owners/lenders.

This temporary arrangement is supported by the Government Indemnity Scheme Environmental Adviser who will assess submitted temperature data accordingly.

GIS continues to require environmental conditions to be maintained 24 hours a days, 7 days a week throughout the loan period from the time the indemnified object arrives until it departs from the loan venue in accordance with Annex D of the GIS Guidelines for National and Non National institutions. Relative humidity, temperature, light and UV levels are to be monitored through the loan period in the space within which the indemnified object is contained.


For general or environmental advice in relation to the Government Indemnity Scheme, email government.indemnityscheme@artscouncil.org.uk