Greek and Roman Strong Room and Ceramics Store: Storage
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Greek and Roman Strong Room and Ceramics Store: Storage

Greek and Roman Strong Room and Ceramics Store: Storage

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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

Important Note:

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.

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.


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 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.

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