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Conservation of arms and armour

Dates:7–10 October 2013
Course code:PC1305 (3 day course)
Non-residential fee: £399

Most museum collections will have some arms and armour, whether it is a dagger, a shotgun or full Japanese armour. However, there are relatively few opportunities for conservation professionals to find specialist training in these objects. Often, particularly with firearms, conservators forget what they know about materials and allow someone with firearm shooting experience to take the lead. Techniques for working firearms are often inappropriate for museum firearms and this course is aimed at giving the conservator that knowledge and confidence.

This course is designed to offer participants guidance and practice in established methods for the conserving of European and Oriental arms and armour, the safe handling and treating of edged weapons and antique firearms. It will assume knowledge of metal and organic conservation so as to focus on the specific problems relating to these types of objects.

Course leader: Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto. Suzanne is a Conservation Manager at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.

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