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The Nimrud Ivories: Storage

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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.

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 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.

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, 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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