Second ‘Open Museum’ presentation on conservation next Thursday

The secrets of museum’s conservation workshops, where antiquities are prepared for public display in the galleries of Greece’s National Archaeological Museum and elsewhere, will be unveiled in the NAM’s next “Open Museum” activity next Thursday.

The second event in the ‘Open Museum’ series will the presentation “Secret Care: precautionary conservation as a means of protection” that begins at noon on February 16.

The hour-long presentation will examine what goes on in conservation workshops, what experts work together to study, restore and care for antiquities and includes a visit to the Organic Matter Preservation Laboratory.

The presentation will be held in the Egyptian Collection exhibition area and will include on-the-spot observation of exhibits, a power-point presentation and demonstration of techniques using specialised scientific instruments.
The visit to the laboratory will offer participants an opportunity to meet the laboratory staff and learn about important aspects of its work.

The “Open Museum” seeks to give the broader public an insight into the multi-faceted work involved in the study, preservation and display of antiquities. Starting in November 2016, it will run until June this year, with presentations on selected topics in the galleries and tours of the conservation workshops, highlighting the NAM’s role as a conservation centre for all Greece since its foundation.

In order to attend the presentation, members of the public need to pay for entrance into the museum and state their intention to participate at the Museum’s information desk. Names of attendants will start to be taken half an hour before the presentation begins.