Culture and Heritage


The Barbican exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts. We innovate with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow. A range of people who work in technical and digital roles at the Barbican will be on hand to discuss their experience of working in the arts.

Bill Skidmore DesignTextiles – Fit for purpose

A hands on interactive display, to create an interest and inform as to possible further routes in tertiary education, apprenticeships and the workplace. Textiles is not just clothing and furnishing- the Boeing Dreamliner is constructed in total from 65% textile composites. Our examples will show all the STEM components of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and will include: a hands-on abrasion test, forensics tests looking for “invisible” stains, crock meter test, and more!

Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Technical Theatre

The Technical Theatre Arts degree at the Guildhall School offers training in all areas of backstage work, including Lighting, Sound, Video, Scenic Automation, Scenery Construction, Scenic Art, Prop Making, Stage Management and Costume Management. The course has a world-wide reputation and graduates have gone on to work not only in theatre, opera and dance, but also in TV, film and in corporate events. Staff and students from the Technical Theatre Arts course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be on hand to discuss the course and the future career possibilities of our graduates.

London Metropolitan Archives: Conservation Science & Technology

We use many scientific techniques in our archives to conserve, clean and look after our ancient documents. The documents may be made of paper or parchment (animal skin) and will require all sorts of treatment. Once our documents are in good condition, we digitise them. As the materials can be in all shapes and sizes this can be a very challenging task. Some documents, such as maps, are 5 x 3 metres. We often have to take many images and electronically stitch them together. We will be looking at the Great Parchment Book, which was damaged in fire in the 1700s. We have now cleaned, repaired and digitised it in inventive ways so that it can be viewed on the web from any part of the world. To find out more, come and see us on our stand.

Museum of London

Museum conservators protect cultural heritage while ensuring accessibility to present-day and future generations. STEM subjects underpin the important work we do to maintain the condition of the objects within our collections at the Museum of London. Science helps us to understand the processes through which materials deteriorate, and helps us to develop the best ways to care for our artefacts, while scientific analysis gives us new ways of seeing and interpreting objects – allowing us to extract previously unseen information. At the event, there will be conservators who specialise in treating archaeological and social history artefacts, exhibiting examples of their work, sharing their experience and discussing pathways into the profession.