APPLICATIONS OPEN: ITP+ Course, Photography and Documentation, 4 – 8 December

Applications for the ITP+ Course on Photography and Documentation, to be held from 4 – 8 December 2017, are NOW OPEN!


The background

ITP+ Courses are 5-day workshops on selected themes which will focus on specific parts of the current Summer Programme; responding to our alumni’s stated areas of interest and development needs and helping to address identified challenges at their home institutions. Themes will change to reflect the demands and skills gaps of our alumni, contemporary issues and challenges in both the museum and wider cultural heritage sector and will be an opportunity for fellows of varying roles and responsibilities to participate.

In August 2016 the ITP team asked alumni for feedback on potential ITP+ Courses enabling the team to create an analysis of needs and develop courses that would best help our fellows’ career development and support their institutions.

ITP+ Courses are open to ITP Fellows – those who have participated in the 6 week Summer Programme. 

The course

Photography and documentation appeared consistently in the list of courses that fellows would find most beneficial so from 4 – 8 December 2017 our second ITP+ will focus on that theme.

The course will offer a series of seminars, creative workshops, hand-on sessions and practical working groups with colleagues from the British Museum.   As part of the programme there will also be the opportunity to visit current exhibitions and new permanent displays at the British Museum and other major London museums.

There will be a maximum of ten places on the course to enable productive discussions, breakout groups and project work in specific subject areas, with places awarded through an open and competitive application process.

Our brief

The course will provide an opportunity for further professional development; to reconnect with colleagues in the UK; the chance to meet fellows with similar interests from across different years of the ITP and serve to enhance the potential for future collaborations and the creation of subject specialist networks.

The schedule

The course will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 December 2017.  Participants will fly in on Saturday 2 and leave on Sunday 10 December.

As with the ITP Summer Programme all costs will be covered by the British Museum.


The programme

Participants will broaden their understanding of how to develop, manage and deliver a documentation system to help manage their collections.  The course will also support and advise fellows on how to get the best from their photography whatever equipment and space they have available.  By the end of the course, fellows will have created a project proposal plan for their institution.

Sessions will include:-

The benefits and challenges of effective documentation.

Planning your project and writing a documentation policy.

Choosing a database system that works for you and your institution.

How to write an object entry.

Studio and site photography.

Object lighting; best practice.

Understanding exposure; aperture; white balance and noise.

Creative photography and how it can improve the images you produce.

Your application

If you would like to apply, please complete the form below and return it to by Thursday 28th September 2017.

Application form

As part of your application, please provide 2 photographs (sent a jpgs) that you have taken recently.  These will NOT be used to judge your application but will help us ensure the course we create is most appropriate and beneficial to you.

Finally, please ensure you have the permission of your institution/employer to attend this course and note that you will be responsible for applying for a valid visa to visit the UK.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Horton ( or Claire Messenger ( we will be happy to help, advise and provide more information!