School of Conservation Blog

  • Metalwork

    Smelly Science of Sticky Stuff

    Posted on 29th June 2016

    There are many different types of science. Some are loud and explosive, some are quiet and precise, and some are just kind of smelly. The MA project I'm working on this year definitely falls in that last category and I apologise to my fellow students for that.

  • Metalwork

    Meeting the maker...

    Posted on 7th April 2016

    It's not exaggerating to use language like 'meeting the maker' and 'died and gone to heaven', honest. When this early twentieth century Japanese cigarette case was shown to me, I had to work on it.

  • Furniture

    Alumni Reports: Yuqi Chock

    Posted on 21st March 2016

    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.

  • Ceramics & Glass

    Alumni Reports: Tiago Oliveira

    Posted on 14th March 2016

    A first job after graduating took me towards the conservation of sculptures---a discipline I studied back in Portugal and which, in combination with what I had learned at West Dean, proved successful.

  • Books & Library Materials

    Alumni Reports: Mariko Watanabe

    Posted on 1st March 2016

    Mariko graduated from the book conservation program in 2013, and immediately moved to Singapore and started working for Q Art Conservation-the place where she had done her work placement as a postgraduate student. We last heard from her when she first started; here's what she's been up to recently.

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