Heavy Object Collections Care: Introduction
Outline of the Day
The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to a selection of the key principles involved in the safe handling of heavy objects and to enable them to gain practical experience of the basic methods of moving and lifting objects using a variety of equipment and techniques.
The skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who need to develop a knowledge and understanding of how to handle and store heavy objects safely.
This is a practical skills sharing session and all participants are required to dress appropriately and bring their own steel toe-capped boots.
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:
09.30 Arrive at the British Museum
09.45 Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Introductions
10:10 – 11:10 Object handling and assessment
What is a heavy object? How to assess a heavy object before attempting to move it.
11:10 – 11:30 Break
11.30 – 13:00 Basic moving and lifting equipment
Introduction on how to use dollies, pallet trucks, mini stackers, stackers, slides, ratchet straps and personal protective equipment.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
14:00 – 16:00 Practical session
Moving a heavy object from storage to display using a manual stacker and other equipment.
16:00 - Finish
By the end of the day participants will:
Be able to safely handle and assess a heavy object.
Understand the principles of safe heavy object movement in the museum environment.
Have had an introduction to a variety of lifting and moving equipment and techniques.
Have had practical experience of moving an object using a specific set of equipment.
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.