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Museums and collections

 

The Collections Care team coordinate a number of events and training courses both for members of the public and museum professionals.

Information about our collections care events for museum professionals can be found on our Collections Care pages.

Through our public programme of Collections Care events, explore the secret life of objects and discover the context and history of some of our most treasured artefacts, learning about the conservation techniques used to care for them.

Please note: we are currently developing the next phase of our public programme and will share details of upcoming events soon. 

 

To get a taste of sessions we have run previously please see below.

Mummy case saved by LEGO®: the history and conservation of a cartonnage coffin
​The Fitwilliam Museum

The conservation project to rescue one of the Fitzwilliam’s mummy cases from collapse by constructing internal supports from LEGO became a surprisingly big news story in 2012!

Now there is the opportunity to see this story from the inside (literally). Spend a day with the Ancient Egyptian mummy case of Hor in the company of specialists, discovering secrets revealed by close examination and conservation treatment. Look in detail at related objects from the Museum and learn the story behind the press headline.

Dr John Taylor from the British Museum will talk about the historical background and context of this object and its excavation in 1896. Sophie Rowe, who undertook the conservation project, will show how we used microscopic examination, x-ray imaging and analysis to understand how the Egyptians made the mummy case. In the afternoon, Sophie together with David Knowles and Dr Simon Guest, the structural engineers who worked on the problem, will take us through the complex process of supporting and reshaping the collapsed object.  There will plenty of opportunity to make a close examination of the mummy case and related objects.

Whale Ivory and Chiefly Power - the Life of a Fijian Breastplate
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

A rare opportunity for a very close encounter with the outstanding breastplate that once adorned Tanoa Visawaqa, a powerful Fijian chief in the mid-nineteenth century. This workshop combines insights from recent historical research and conservation analysis to explore the movement of people, objects and skills within Western Polynesia. The workshop will include a gallery talk in MAA's exhibition Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji.

Here's what people have said about our events

"Completely fascinating!"
"Excellent"
"Brilliant"
"Even more interesting than I had expected"
"Very educational - very rounded with elements or art, conservation and engineering"

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