Outline of the Day
The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to various Eastern pictorial art formats and the key principles involved in their safe handling. This skills sharing day is aimed at anyone who is expected to handle Eastern pictorial art formats, or who would like to develop their understanding of how to handle these objects safely. The skills sharing day is for people working and volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who needs to develop a knowledge and understanding of specific collections care processes and procedures.
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:
Introduction to Eastern pictorial art formats (focusing mainly on hanging scrolls, handscrolls and folding screens, as well as other East and South Asian art formats) including their materials, structure and terminology.
Best practice methods for handling each format.
09:00 - Arrive at the British Museum
09.15 - Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to Eastern Pictorial Art Handling
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11.00 – 12:30 Hanging Scrolls
12.30 – 13.00 Handscrolls
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
14.00 – 15.00 Handscrolls Review and Folding Screen
15.00 – 16.00 Other formats and Moving Objects
By the end of the day participants will:
Be able to identify a range of Eastern pictorial art formats and understand more fully their structures and inherent handling risks.
Safely handle a variety of Eastern pictorial art formats.
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.