With this art history course, participants will discover the fascinating history of Korea through lectures, gallery talks and behind-the-scenes tours of the conservation studio at the British Museum.


This 3 day event is taking place at the British Museum

  1. Saturday, 6 July 2-4pm | Korea Foundation Gallery (2 hours)
  2. Saturday, 13 July 2-4pm | Korea Foundation Gallery (1 hour), Conservation Studio (1 hour)
  3. Saturday, 20 July 2-4pm | Conservation Studio (2 hours)

What to expect

Across 3 Saturdays in July there will be a series of art history talks and tours presented by the British Museum in partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK). This course aims to provide an overview of historical and contemporary Korean art through gallery visits and behind-the-scenes tours.

Led by the British Museum’s Korean Collections Curator, the first two days of course will explore Korean art history from the Three Kingdoms Period to the present day with reference to objects from the Museum’s Korean collection.

The programme continues with a conservator-led behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation studio. This will offer an opportunity to learn more about how the conservator examines, conserves and prepares collections for display.


(Part 1) Korean Art with Curator Hyun

Dates: Saturday 6 July, 13 July

Lecturer: Eleanor S. Hyun (British Museum Korean Collections Curator)

Venue: The Korea Foundation Gallery (Room 67)

  • Saturday 6 July 14:00 ~ 16:00 | From Three Kingdoms Period to Goryeo
  • Saturday 13 July 14:00 ~ 15.00 | From Joseon to Modern

Curator Eleanor S. Hyun will deliver a lecture on Korean art history and the fine collection held by the British Museum, the lecture will conclude with an introductory tour of the Korea Foundation Gallery.

The Korea Foundation Gallery includes rare Korean masterpieces such as 12th century celadon, 13th century mother of pearl lacquerware and one of the Museum’s star pieces, the 17th century Moon Jar.

(Part 2) Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Korean Art Conservation

Dates: 13 July, 20 July

Lecturer: Dr. Meejung Kim-Marandet (Amorepacific Conservator for Korean Paintings, British Museum)

Venue: Hirayama Conservation Studio

  • Saturday 13 July 15:00 – 16:00
  • Saturday 20 July 14:00 – 16:00

These talks take you behind the scenes of the conservation studio. Learn from the conservator, Meejung Kim-Marandet about how the Museum examines, conserves and prepares items within the Korean collection for display.

How to Apply:

Limited Spaces, Advance Booking Required.

This programme is limited to a maximum of 15 places to provide unique visiting experience.

To book your place, please RSVP to info@kccuck.org.uk with your name and email address or click 'RSVP now' button in the top right corner of this page. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email notification if you have a place.

If you have any other questions you’re welcome to contact us at 020 7004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk

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