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The County Art Collection Schools Loan Service is Currently Suspended June 2014 update

The schools loan service of the County Art Collection is currently suspended.

A further update is expected during the Autumn Term 2014.

Please do not place any orders on the website as requests for items cannot be processed.

Further information will be given to schools once we are in a position to resume the service. If you have any queries please contact Michele Murphy, Principal Librarian: Customers & Communities via the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4049 or by e-mailing



County Art Home PageThe County Art Collection operates as a loan service for Hertfordshire schools. All schools in Hertfordshire are eligible to use the Collection with the exception of privately run schools. There is no charge to schools wishing to use the service.

There are approximately 1500 items in the Collection comprising not only paintings, but also original prints, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and glass.

The collection is used for its educational value, offering children the opportunity, often for the first time, to have experience of original works of art made by professional artists and craftsmen.

It offers teachers the opportunity to use art in the classroom as a teaching aid: as support material with projects; for the understanding and evaluating of art and for developing pupils' abilities to observe, think and articulate. This is in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Back in 2008, the Art Collection was refreshed with new material, old favourites cleaned and restored and the whole collection digitally re-photographed for the website.

All schools should have received the County Art Collection colour catalogue and innovative schemes of work, to help teachers make the most of this FREE resource.

Access to the County Art Collection

Access from within school

Schools connected to the Internet through the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning have access to the County Art Collection at any time.

Only available from within a Hertfordshire School

Access from home

This service is not available outside of Hertfordshire schools.

Searching for items

You may request up to six items (but no more than three 3-dimensional items), for a loan period of up to twelve school weeks.

On the search page, you may search for any items available for loan, or by specific title/artist/medium or subject.

County Art Collection Screen Shot Search Results County Art Collection Screen Shot


The Subject area of the search page is divided into:

  • Landscapes (including Seascapes/Farms/Gardens/Trees/ Rivers)
  • Architecture (including Townscapes/Buildings)
  • Animals, Portrait (including Figurative)
  • Still Life, Abstract (including 3D)
  • Multi-Cultural.

You can preview the works of art by clicking on the thumbnail image on the right hand side of the Search Results page.


Collection basket

When you have made a selection you will be able to place it into a 'collection basket'. The 'collection basket' can be viewed at any time and you will be able to change your choices if you wish. Once you are happy with your selections you will be able to give your name, the name of your school, the Hertfordshire school ref. number and the contact e-mail address. Your request and all the information will then be sent via e-mail to the County Art Collection and you will be contacted to arrange a collection appointment.

Collection Basket
County Art Collection Screen Shot

The Collection Basket page

The Request page


Location & Collection

Relocation of Hertfordshire County Art Collection

The relocation of the collection has now taken place and it is no longer housed at New Barnfield, Hatfield. It is now located in the Central Stocks Unit, Hertfordshire Libraries, Centrapark, Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1HT.

The catalogue and online booking is located on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning Intranet and can only be accessed on your school computer.


Collecting Artworks

Details for return and collection of works will be available when the service resumes.

All schools using the loan service are expected to abide by the Terms and Conditions of the service.