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Discover Korean Art at the British Museum

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.

Discover Korean Art: from Three Kingdoms to Contemporary Korea

A 3-day course exploring Korea’s special place within the British Museum
Saturday, 6 July 2-4pm | Korea Foundation Gallery (2 hours)
Saturday, 13 July 2-4pm | Korea Foundation Gallery (1 hour), Conservation Studio (1 hour)
Saturday, 20 July 2-4pm | Conservation Studio (2 hours)
Register here (NB now fully booked but there may be a waiting list if you email the kcc in the normal way)

Eleanor Hyun

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

Saturday 6 July 14:00 ~ 16:00 | From Three Kingdoms Period to Goryeo
Saturday 13 July 14:00 ~ 15.00 | From Joseon to Modern
Lecturer: Eleanor S. Hyun (British Museum Korean Collections Curator)
Venue: The Korea Foundation Gallery (Room 67)

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

Saturday 13 July 15:00 – 16:00
Saturday 20 July 14:00 – 16:00
Lecturer: Meejung Kim-Marandet (British Museum Korean Pictorial Art Conservator)
Venue: Hirayama Conservation Studio

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 [email protected] with your name and email address or click ‘RSVP now’ button in the top right corner of this page on the KCC website. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email notification if you have a place.


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