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Using the Collections

As a free public museum, the Yale Center for British Art aims to promote the awareness, study, and enjoyment of its collection of British art. Using the Collections is intended to help scholars, students, and the general public learn more about using the museum's physical and digital collections.

Accessing Collections

While the Yale Center for British Art is closed, access to the collections will be by appointment only. Requests for an appointment should be made at least two weeks in advance of the proposed date to the relevant curatorial department. Each request should list the specific objects desired for viewing. Group size will be limited to a maximum of four visitors. Collections staff will make every effort to provide access to objects. Due to construction and transportation constraints some objects may unavailable for the duration of the project. Feel free to contact the relevant curatorial department in advance of making a request to discuss specific objects.

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Teaching with Collections

Educators are welcome to use the collections for teaching, whether it is a kindergarten class or a group of graduate students.

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Borrowing Objects

The YCBA regularly lends works for public educational purposes and to institutions practiced in mounting public exhibitions. All queries relating to loans should be addressed to the Office of the Director at ycba.director@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2822.

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Britain in the World installation, fourth-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

Appraisals, Authentications, and Opinions

The YCBA and its staff are unable to provide appraisals, authentications, opinions, or conservation advice for works of art owned by private individuals. We suggest that you consult a reputable art dealer, auction house, or an appraiser.

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Data Sharing

The YCBA is committed to using technology to advance the study of its collections by providing access to its holdings online to as broad a public as possible. Collections data is shared on the web in human- and machine-readable formats. The human-readable format allows users to search and view metadata and images via a Collection Search as well as download images of objects in the public domain.

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Using Images

Thousands of images of works in the museum's collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free through the museum's online collection. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the museum's open access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the museum or to Yale.

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George Stubbs, Brown and White Norfolk or Water Spaniel (detail), 1778