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, document and improve the storage of objects from the Department of Greece and Rome. The focus will be on two recent storage projects – the Strong Room and the Attic Black Glaze Ceramics Store audit and improvement schemes. The skills sharing day is for people working and volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop a knowledge and understanding of the collections care processes and procedures involved in successfully undertaking a large scale storage project.
The skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector
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 Strong Room and Ceramics Store
Brief history of the main contributors to the G&R collections
Documentation, conservation assessment and treatment
Suitable storage solutions for collections and materials available
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11.00 – 11:30 Visit Strong Room and Ceramics Store (Split into two groups)
Show participants the contents of the stores highlighting the practical difficulties of the environments and methods of overcoming these.
11:30 – 12:15 Practical Session
Demonstrate the materials used and how to create safe storage solutions for jewellery.
12:15 – 13:00 Tour of other basements
Show participants other G&R basements illustrating different methods of storage.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
By the end of the day participants will:
Understand the principles of good object storage for ceramics and precious metals.
Have an awareness of the various storage materials.
Have had practical experience creating effective storage solutions for small 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.