Open The Vaults

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BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal examines the tradition of banks as patrons of art, as the Royal Bank of Scotland finally agrees to make its collection more accessible.

Since the government bailout in 2008, the bank has been under increased pressure to display its art work.

But the actual contents of the vaults has been shrouded in secrecy, and there is concern that the NatWest Collection, bought in 2001, could have been damaged in storage.

As the bank unwraps its rumoured David Hockney, LS Lowry and Jack Vettriano, Razia examines the history of banks' patronage of the arts and asks what responsibility comes with owning great art.

BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal examines history of banks' patronage of the arts.