Care of Egyptian Collections
Outline of the Day
The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to the practical aspects of caring for an Egyptian Collection.The skills sharing day is for people working and volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would benefit from developing a knowledge and understanding of the collections care processes and procedures involved in successfully storing, handling, moving and displaying Egyptian collection material
This is a practical session and all participants will be required to use cutting tools when constructing storage solutions.
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 the Egyptian Collection
in the Egyptian Gallery - Death and afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62–63)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Handling and Moving Egyptian Collections
Handling and moving techniques and equipment
Packing methods and materials for travel (loan) and storage
12.00 – 13.00 Egyptian Stores Tour
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
14.00 – 15:00 Display and Storage of Egyptian collections
Environmental conditions and risk
Display solutions: Mummy boards, mounts etc.
Storage solutions: methods and materials
15.00 – 16.00 Practical Exercise
16:00 - Finish
By the end of the day participants will:
Understand the principles of good Egyptian collection handling, moving, storage, packing and display.
Have an awareness of the various materials available for storage and packing and their uses.
Understand best practice environmental conditions for Egyptian collection material.
Have had practical experience creating effective handling and display boards.
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.