Outline of the Day
The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to pinning, a method used to secure small to medium sized objects to backboards, slopes or baseboards within cases in permanent galleries or temporary exhibitions. Pinning can display objects in an aesthetically pleasing way while holding them securely and safely.
This skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who are required to install small to medium sized objects in permanent galleries or temporary exhibitions.
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
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:
09.30 Arrive at the British Museum
09.45 Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Introductions
10:15 – 11:00 Introduction to pinning
- Benefits and drawbacks
- Principles of pinning
11:00 – 11:20 Break
11.20 – 13:00 Pinning a basic object
- Laying out a board
- Marking up your board
- Selecting your pins
- Pin positioning
13.00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)
14.00 – 16:00 Pinning a basic object
- Cutting and covering your pins
- Checking your pinning
- Installing your board
By the end of the day participants will:
Be able to pin a range of museum objects to an in-case baseboard, backboard or slope.
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, 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.