West Dean College of Arts and Conservation are pleased to announce that Hollie Drinkwater will be their first Book Conservator-in-Residence. The opportunity has been made possible through funding from the Anna Plowden Trust.
Historic England, which is responsible for protecting and championing the nation’s historic environment, has awarded West Dean College of Arts and Conservation a grant to fund a pilot of courses that blend online and on-site approaches to learning. The aim is to make building conservation more accessible, to widen participation and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to conserve our irreplaceable historic environment.
David Howell, an Icon accredited conservator with over 30 years in the conservation profession has joined West Dean College of Arts and Conservation as a tutor on the MA Collection Care and Conservation Management part-time course.
Students have recently had first-hand experience of preparing the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation’s iconic Lobster Telephone for an exhibition at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany. The exhibition, Salvador Dalí and Hans Arp – The Birth of Memory explores the parallels between the two artists, featuring well-known works from international museums and collections.
The School of Conservation at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation recently welcomed students to a brand new facility for science teaching and research in support of conservation and one of the first major projects they are working on is in collaboration with The Novium Museum in Chichester, for their nationally important exhibition Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man (January 25 – September 26, 2020).
Earlier in the year, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation were contacted about conserving a selection of painted plaster figures from a Nativity scene. Potentially dating from the 19th Century, the figures had been residing in local church, St Mary the Virgin, Upwaltham (West Sussex). The students had a deadline of returning the three figures to the Church in early December, ahead of their Christmas service!
Students at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation recently had an unusual visitor in the Auditorium – a 1928 Austin 7 car. Car conservator Jules Parker of Julian Parker Ltd of East Sussex came to talk to students studying Furniture, Clocks and Metalwork about his recent project conserving the car that will be celebrating its 100th birthday in eight years time!
British Library and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation have collaborated to deliver Continued Professional Development for those involved with, or with responsibility for care of libraries, archives and collections, and for conservation students. The first course of the season is on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at British Library.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces changes to their annual Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins course, which takes place between Monday 18 - Thursday 21 November, 2019 near Chichester, West Sussex. This is one of a series of Building Conservation and Repair courses that the College offers in collaboration with Historic England.
Students from West Dean College of Arts and Conservation have
travelled far and wide this term to highly respected institutions
and museums, to work with the top conservators and experts in the
field of conservation.