Training and Events

Opportunities and training with a small coloured logo in the title, are those that have been organised, funded and facilitated by the South East Museum Development Programme.

Arms & Armour Course

Saturday 9th November 2013

9.00 am – 4.30 pm 

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Conservation Lab

Have you ever wondered why that antique suit of armour in your drawing room never looks like the ones you see in museums? Or are you unsure of how to keep your collections looking their finest and protected from the environment?  This one day practical course will provide you with the knowledge to keep your arms and armour in top condition without affecting their value.

Course content:

  • From the Roman Helmet to the Kevlar Vest – a brief history 
  • How to store your arms and armour 
  • Recognising damage 
  • How to care for your arms and armour 
  • Preventing damage 
  • The difference between restoration and conservation – why museum conservators do what they do. 

Alex Cantrill BA (Hons), MA is currently Objects Conservator at Birmingham Museums Trust. She previously spent two years as Conservator at the Royal Armouries Museum conserving their extensive collection of Arms and Armour at Leeds, the Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. With experience of conserving a huge variety of materials.  Alex has just returned from Kosovo where she has been delivering workshops and seminars to heritage professionals looking for advice about how to look after their own collections. 

Price: £45. For further information, contact: Pieta Greaves pieta.greaves@birminghammuseums.org.uk 

Bookings on-line taken here.

All materials will be supplied; participants will be working on samples of metal while demonstrations by Alex will be on real objects. If you have any specific objects that you would like to discuss, you are welcome to bring photographs.