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Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects
Through practical work develop your tool skills, learning a variety of techniques and trades through historic craft practices. Learn about interventive treatment, structural and surface stabilisation, cleaning, consolidation, restoration of losses, materials and techniques, theory and practice.
Develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural context of furniture and related objects and the architectural interiors they were created to be part of. Study wood and other decorative art materials associated with furniture including surface coatings: transparent, gilded, painted or lacquered.
You can expect
(Subject to re-validation)
On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 20-21 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Graduate Diploma: 63% of your time is spent in
scheduled teaching and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 752 hours, Independent learning: 416 hours.
You will work in our specialist Furniture workshop where each student has an individual workspace. The workshop is equipped with a full range of power and hand tools.
The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.
Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study, e.g. HND, DipHE, experience and ability in woodworking skills and knowledge of and interest in furniture, and good manual dexterity and observational skills. The Graduate Diploma is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds.
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. Applicants are interviewed and required to undertake practical and observational tests.
Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.
Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional, available on request.
Graduates of the programme often progress to the MA Conservation Studies.
Others pursue work as furniture makers, designers, repairers, restorers or conservators.
"This has been an intensive year of great visits to museums with behind-the-scenes experiences, instruction from expert furniture conservation professionals, and my own workbench and projects including 18th and 19th century chairs, clocks, a gate-leg table, tea-caddie, and much more. West Dean's comprehensive approach to conservation studies combines both academic studies and intensive practical skills development by working on authentic historical objects. I've gained a greater appreciation of cultural heritage and the confidence to carefully work on a variety of objects."
"It has given me the opportunity to learn about the very different approach to craft in England with its long historical tradition, and to work on historically important objects"Franciszek de Sage, Graduate Diploma, Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects
Subject Leader, Furniture & Related Objects
Associate Fellow of the HEA
Norbert is a furniture maker - conservator with almost two decades of tutoring experience, who has also worked extensively as a fine antique furniture conservator- restorer.
Tristram works as a contract furniture conservator at the V&A and in private practice. He has lectured in conservation at the City and Guilds of London and at Camberwell College of Art.
If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.