The Nimrud Ivories: Storage

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Great Russell Street

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WC1B 3DG

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The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to the practical aspects of a collections care pilot storage project to assess, document and pack for storage the 6000 ivories that make up the Nimrud Ivory collection.

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 an ivory storage project.

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 British Museum

09.15 - Collection from Info desk in Great Court

09:30 – 10:30 Introduction to the Nimrud Ivories Storage Project

History of the Nimrud Ivories

Conservation assessment and treatment

Documentation

Suitable storage solutions for ivory collections and available materials

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11.00 – 11:30 Introduction to packing ivories for storage

Demonstration of the method used to pack the Nimrud Ivories

11:30 – 13:00 Practical Session

Creating storage suitable for ivory collection material

13.00 - Finish

By the end of the day participants will:

Understand the principles of good ivory object storage.

Have an awareness of the various materials available for ivory storage.

Have had practical experience creating effective storage solutions for ivory objects.


Travel bursary: There are a number of travel bursaries available for each skills sharing session. If you wish to apply please complete the relevant section on the booking form on registering and email UKPartnerships@britishmuseum.org.

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.

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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