To: Friday 26.10.18
Furniture & Wooden Objects Group visit to the British Museum
Please join the Furniture and Wood group for this enjoyable and informative visit to the British Museum.
The tour will take place in four separate departments of the Museum, each covering a different aspect of the Museum’s study, conservation, and storage of its diverse collections of wooden objects.
The tour will include:
2 - 2:45
A tour of the Organics conservation studio and tool room situated in the World Conservation and Exhibition Centre (WCEC), to be hosted by conservator Alex Owen. Objects in the studio at that time and their treatments will be discussed.
2:50 - 3:20
A visit to the Scientific Research Department to see the museum’s world class wood identification facilities, hosted by organic material identification scientist Caroline Cartwright.
3:30 - 4:10
A visit to the WCEC stores, focusing on the large object store and offering a chance to see the wooden objects, predominantly boats and canoes from the Oceania collection, that are held there. This part of the afternoon will provide an opportunity to see the museums state of the art storage facilities and to discuss some of the challenges involved in transporting and housing some of the larger and more fragile objects in the museum’s collection with Assistant Collections Manager Jill Hassell.
4:15 - 5
The afternoon will end with a visit to the Horology department’s study room and workshop, hosted by horological curator and conservator Laura Turner.