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Collections Moves: A Case Study

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The British Museum

Great Russell St



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Outline of the Day

The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to a case study for the safe storage and handling of ceramic objects as part of an emergency decant.

The skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop knowledge of ways to approach an emergency storage move.

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 – 10:15 Welcome and Introductions

10:15 – 11:15 Introduction to 1-1a Montague Street project

  • Planning for an emergency decant.

  • Processes for the packing and moving of objects.

11:15 – 11:45 Break

11.45 – 12:45 Visit to see the new store and questions

13:00 Finish

By the end of the day participants will:

Have knowledge of a case study for an emergency decant.

Have an understanding of the positives and negatives of moving a collection in this way.

Have knowledge of what it is like to work as part of a collections move team.

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

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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