Keepers

Tim Marlow talks to keepers, curators and museum directors on site, surrounded by the objects in their care.

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Dr Irving Finkel, assistant keeper of Western Asiatic Antiquities at the British Museum, whose collection includes 120,000 clay tablets with inscriptions from the Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations.

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Dr Jonathan Betts, curator of horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, whose collection of a thousand clocks, watches and timepieces includes Harrison's famous clocks which helped to solve the problem of the measurement of longitude.

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Christopher Zeuner, museum director, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton near Chichester, who has 40 historic buildings in his care, including a medieval farmstead and a Victorian school.

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Paul Cornish, curator of firearms at the Imperial War Museum, London, whose display includes 300 firearms, and who looks after the National Collection of 20th-century Military Firearms and the Edged Weapons Collection.

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Ken Arnold, head of exhibitions at the Wellcome Trust, whose work brings together medicine and artists as well as presenting exhibitions which take a cultural view of medical practice and history.