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18.03.2016

Registration now open for free Icon Conference tours

As we head into the final stretch for conference bookings, there are just a few places remaining. Those of you who have already registered are invited to book on one of our free conference tours to visit Coffin Works, the Staffordshire Hoard conservation lab or the Museums Collections Centre, Birmingham. 

If you have yet to register for the conference, there's no time to lose!              

All tours will be ticketed and take place during the day on Wednesday 15th June – before the opening reception that evening. Places are limited so delegates will have to act fast.       

Register for tours here

Coffin Works

Coffin Works is a historic Jewellery Quarter factory brought back to life by the Birmingham Conservation Trust – one that recently won the Icon Award for Conservation in the Community.

The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery working again, you can truly experience how this old Jewellery Quarter Firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Churchill, Chamberlain and the Queen Mother.

Tours last approximately one hour and can accommodate 15 delegates at a time.

12.30 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 – Wednesday 15th June 2016.

Conservation of the Staffordshire Hoard

Escorted tours of the Conservation Studios at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. The award-winning Staffordshire Hoard Conservation team will be on hand to demonstrate how they are conserving the Hoard.

You will hear about recent findings and research and also have the chance to view the Hoard under microscopes. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Tours last approximately one hour and can accommodate 12 delegates at a time.

11.00 / 12.00 / 13.00 – Wednesday 15th June 2016

Museum Collection Centre, Birmingham

The Museum Collection Centre is a 1.5 hectare site that holds 80% of Birmingham Museums’ stored collections under one roof.

Among the thousands of objects stored here are steam engines, sculptures, an entire collection of Austin, Rover and MG motor cars and even a red phone box. 

The tour will provide an opportunity for delegates to view the stored collection and discuss the challenges of running a busy museums store.

The tour will last about 90 minutes and will accommodate up to 30 people.

14.00 - Wednesday 15th June 2016

Register for tours here


Image: Birmingham Museums Trust, Creative Commons

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