Outline of the Day
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.
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
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.