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Care of Egyptian Collections

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Great Russell St

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The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to the practical aspects of caring for an Egyptian collection.

Important: this is a practical session and all participants will be required to use cutting tools when constructing storage solutions.

This skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the collections care processes and procedures involved in successfully storing, handling, moving and displaying Egyptian collection material.


Important Note:

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 the following are not eligible to apply for this training:

  • students / those on study placements

  • independent consultants

  • conservation studios

  • those working or volunteering at the British Museum

These courses are proving extremely popular, and places are therefore limited to:

  • a maximum of two places per organisation for one skills sharing session.

  • a maximum of three sessions per individual, per year.

We 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:

09.30 Arrive at the British Museum

09.45 Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court

10:00 – 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.

Important: this is a practical session and all participants will be required to use cutting tools when constructing storage solutions.


Travel bursary:

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, 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.

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