Behind the scenesDisplaying, researching and understanding
More than six million people pass through the doors of the British Museum every year to view the galleries, take in temporary exhibitions, participate in events or just to spend a few moments in one of London’s most spectacular public buildings. Working behind the scenes to make these visits possible are more than 1,000 members of staff, from cleaners, curators and conservators to security, scientists and the schools team.
Curators St John Simpson and Constance Wyndham write about the exhibition Afghanistan: crossroads of the ancient world on the British Museum blog.
A team of researchers led by British Museum curator Neal Spencer spends six weeks every winter excavating the ancient Egyptian town of Amara West in what is now Sudan.
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In 2003 a large collection of Iron Age cauldrons was found in a field in Wiltshire. British Museum, conservators Alexandra Baldwin and Jamie Hood are working with curator Jody Joy to uncover the stories they can tell us about life in Britain 2,500 years ago.
Learning the art of Chinese painting conservation takes 10 years. Read about the final year of Valentina Marabini's training, which she is undertaking at Shanghai Museum.
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Museum conservators and curators, unwrap and decipher an ancient Egyptian shroud from the collection of Norwich Castle Museum.