Care and Storage of European Glass
Outline of the Day
The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to the practical aspects of a collections care project to assess and improve the storage of weeping or sick glass from the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory. The focus will be on a recent storage project – to relocate an existing glass collection into a new store. The skills sharing day is for people working and volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who need to develop a knowledge and understanding of the collections care processes and procedures involved in successfully undertaking a bespoke storage project.
The British Museum’s National Partnerships skills sharing activity is grant funded to allow us to offer free training for museum staff for non-commercial use. These sessions are available only to those working in a paid or volunteer role in museums, galleries and heritage organisations with collections. We regret that students, independent consultants and conservation studios are not eligible to apply for this training. Those working or volunteering at the British Museum are also not eligible to apply.
When booking your place, please provide the address of where you work or volunteer in the ‘Work’ field. These courses are proving extremely popular. We ask that a maximum of two places per organisation are booked onto a skills sharing session, and encourage you to share your learning with colleagues in your workplace so that we can all achieve the maximum impact from these sessions.
Programme of events:
09:00 - Arrive at the British Museum
09.15 - Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court
09:30 – 10:30 Introduction to Strong Room and Ceramics Store
09:30 – 10:30 Introduction to the department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory
A brief introduction to the department and how it operates on a day-to-day basis.
A tour of the work and storage areas.
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11.00 – 12:00 Glass Collection, Care and Storage
Show participants the contents of the glass store and give a brief history of the collection.
Highlight the different types of glass in the collection, the hazards that they may present and the inherent degradation process encountered – weeping or sick glass (glass disease).
Discuss the issues that storing glass can present and the solutions that were decided on when setting up a dedicated glass store.
12:00 – 13:00 Weeping or Sick Glass - Practical Session
Show participants how to identify a variety of weeping or sick glass symptoms.
Demonstrate handling techniques and explain the measures that need to be taken during the storage and display of weeping or sick glass to prevent further degradation.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
By the end of the day participants will:
Understand the principles of good object storage for glass.
Have an awareness of the various appropriate storage methods and materials.
Have had practical experience identifying and handling glass objects.
There are a number of travel bursaries available for each skills sharing session. Bursaries are subject to availability and must be requested as soon as possible but no later than 2 weeks before the date of the session. If you wish to apply please email UKPartnerships@britishmuseum.org
This skills sharing session is part of the British Museum’s National Partnerships skills sharing activity, and has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.