When this article in The Independent came out, featuring Brittany Cox (MA Conservation '12) and Metals Programme Tutor Jon Privet talking about conservation courses at West Dean, we thought it would be nice to a press round-up (well, we thought it would be nice to show off). Here is a smattering of things published by or about---or inspired by---West Dean students and faculty over the last academic year:
Miriam Chance (PGDip Ceramics '11) on ceramics conservation at West Dean: Ceramic Review Magazine, September/October 2011Tristram Bainbridge (Assistant Tutor in Furniture, MA Conservation '11) on how to safely clean furniture & wooden objects: Furniture & Cabinetmaking, March 2012. Also in the same issue, an article by Furniture Programme Tutor Norbert Gutowski about Martin Spencer, a student in furniture making this year.
Me (Abigail Uhteg, MA Conservation '12) on studying book conservation at West Dean in the last issue of the Bonefolder, volume 8 2012. I wrote a review of the recently-published Paper and Water in the same issue. The full text is available for free at the website.
And for something more unusual---Clocks Programme Leader Matthew Reed's conservation of a silver swan for the Bowes Museum inspired Peter Carey's new novel The Chemistry of Tears. It's had a lot of press already over the last few years, and Matthew gives a great talk about it, but we think this is a pretty great new spin. (Photo by Brittany Cox.)