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Unlocking Archives provides valuable insights into the study of archives and what they can reveal about artistic practice, the history of works of art, the formation of private and public collections and the workings of the art market. The course will be delivered as a collaboration between The Warburg Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society, with its internationally renowned archive and library, and the Colnaghi Foundation, formed by the oldest commercial art gallery in the world, Colnaghi, to foster appreciation, enjoyment and study of pre-twentieth-century artworks and antiquities in the Western European tradition. Founded in 1760, Colnaghi owns one of the most important dealer archives in the world. This course will draw upon the expertise of both institutions as well as outside experts. Get in touch to find out more and book your place: shortcourse@colnaghifoundation.org

Course Structure:

A study day based at The Warburg Institute will introduce participants to some of the keys required to unlock the secrets of archives, with lectures and workshops on palaeography, online searching, quantitative analysis and the interpretation of historic account books and provenance research. This initial day, which provides valuable training for art-world professionals, collectors and academics, is also aimed at those with a general interest in archives and not necessarily with an art-historical background. It can be attended in person or online.

This will be followed by four days visiting archives and related art collections in and around London, with trips planned to the Royal Archive, Waddesdon Manor and the Colnaghi Archive, the National Gallery and Agnews archive, the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the archives of leading modern and contemporary art galleries. The course is open to art-world professionals, collectors, academics and to those who are simply interested in learning more about how the study of archives can enhance our appreciation and enjoyment of art.

Fees - whole course (23-27 May, 2022)
£650 for in-person attendance for all 5 days, transport for two out-of-London trips, tea and coffee during the Study Day, and two evening receptions.

Fees - Study Day (23 May, 2022)
£75 for in-person attendance for the Study Day at the Warburg Institute (23 May) including tea and coffee

£60 for online attendance

£45 for online attendance – concessions (students and unwaged)

Bursaries are available covering one full fee waiver and one half fee waiver, and are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Application by Monday 2 May 2022. BURSARY APPLICATION FORM (.DOC)(Opens in new window) | BURSARY APPLICATION FORM (.PDF)



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Colnaghi Foundation

The Colnaghi Foundation is a not-for-profit global organisation committed to promoting pre-20th century art, protecting art in peril, and fostering a new chapter in philanthropic engagement with the Old Masters. Founded by Jorge Coll, CEO of Colnaghi, and chaired by Candida Lodovica De Angelis Corvi, the Foundation promotes cultural development through dialogue, educational initiatives, and campaigns to help protect art heritage and scholarship.

The Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. Directed by Professor Bill Sherman, the institution is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.