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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.

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 undertaking a large scale storage project.


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:

09:00 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 to the Strong Room and Ceramics Store. Delegates will be split into two groups to be shown the contents of the stores, highlighting the practical difficulties of these environments and methods to overcome them.

11:30 – 12:15 Practical Session: demonstration of materials used and how to create safe storage solutions for jewellery.

12:15 – 13:00 Tour of other Greece & Rome basements, illustrating different methods of storage.

13:00 – Finish

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 gained practical experience creating effective storage solutions for small objects.

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 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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