School of Conservation Blog

  • School of Conservation

    Orrery Making with Peter Grimwood

    Posted on 29th November 2019

    Peter Grimwood is one of just two Orrery makers in the country and he recently spent a day (on November 21st) at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation explaining how to make an Orrery to students.

  • School of Conservation

    #AskAConservator

    Posted on 12th November 2019

    On November 4 2019, conservators around the world participated in Ask a Conservator day. A day that encourages international collaboration and knowledge exchange. 

    Tutors and students from our School of Conservation tweeted via the College’s Twitter profile to answer questions and share insights into their experiences in the Conservation sector.

  • Conservation Science

    New Science Lab Opens

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    The College has welcomed new and returning students to a brand new facility for science teaching and research in support of conservation. The new science lab features considerably more space for laboratory teaching and analytical work than was previously available, as well as dedicated workspaces for analytical equipment and room to grow as new capabilities are added in the future. 

  • Ceramics & Glass

    Maiolica Madness: Conserving a tin-glazed maiolica dish from Savona, Italy for The Courtauld Gallery, London

    Posted on 9th August 2019

    In 2018, we were delighted to be asked by The Courtauld Gallery in London during their temporary closure for a major refurbishment known as 'Courtauld Connects', to treat a large maiolica dish, possibly made in the 17th century in Savona, Italy. The dish had been previously restored, and after an unknown number of years, the adhesive had begun to fail. Read the full blog by students Derrin Compton, Rosie Blay, Kate Galatian and Shawn Kwan.

  • Metalwork

    A stab in the dark: Conserving a mysterious knife at West Dean

    Posted on 10th May 2019

    Zora Sanders takes us through her investigation into a mysterious knife; as she tries to uncover its origins and purpose.

    When I began my studies in Metalwork Conservation at West Dean last October, the first object I was given to treat appeared to be a fairly ordinary knife. Which just goes to show that looks can be deceptive....

  • Books & Library Materials

    'Not all that glitters is gold' - metallic pigments in a Victorian scrapbook

    Posted on 23rd April 2019

    One of the items I treated this year was a late 19th Century Victorian scrapbook. The scrapbook was made for a child and the contents directly reflect this. It was filled with clippings from magazines, stickers, poems that referenced children stories, animals, and other imagery which might have appealed to a child at the time. Additionally, it was filled with elaborate, original artwork by the woman who created it...

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