West Dean alumni have the most fun

Spotted in New York West Dean College alumni, Dorothy Cheng, doing a spot of cleaning. Dorothy who graduated from the college's Metalwork Conservation, MA last year is on a 10-week internship with the New York City parks department's Citywide Monuments Conservation Program.

As part of their professional training, student conservators at West Dean work on heritage projects from public and private collections. Study trips are spent at heritage organisations such as Arundel Castle where Dorothy, in her first year, spent time with her fellow students working on armour from the historical collection - see photo gallery.

Dorothy, from Seattle, was The Edward James Foundation Scholar in her final year at the college. "Without the scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to go back for a second year of study at West Dean, which was necessary for me to become a fully qualified and confident conservator of metal objects," says Dorothy. "The first year gave me a firm foundation in conservation techniques, methodology, science, and ethics, but I needed the additional bench experience that a second year provided to put into practice everything I have already learned."

Read the full story of Dorothy's internship in New York here.

Photograph: Courtesy The Wall Street Journal

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