Most people know that the metric system was introduced in
France, associated with the whirlwind of new legislation and
standards that followed the French Revolution. However, it is less
obvious why this occurred, and why it occurred in France rather
than in England or elsewhere.
After completing the MA in Conservation Studies at West Dean, I
served as an assistant for six weeks in the conservation studio of
Michael Parfett in London. Michael works primarily on harps,
harpsichords and frames, and the short work placement offered the
opportunity to gain experience in conserving musical instruments,
decorative surfaces and gilding.