Conservation CPD

Refresh your skills and update your knowledge of developments in materials, techniques and current practice. Ideal for conservators, our conservation short courses are made up of Building Conservation Masterclasses, Object and Materials Conservation courses and British Library courses.

  • Tuition from leading practitioners
  • Hands-on learning using 'live' artefacts or the purpose built Ruinette
  • Collaboration with other participants and specialists
  • Stay at the college (for residential courses) during your course and network with tutors and students each evening

"West Dean always offers high quality courses with excellent tutors. Staff are exceptional here and combined with such a beautiful setting, it makes for a wonderful experience." Claire Reed, Conservation of plastics.

Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCM)

Gain technical and practical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic structures. These intensive short courses including the Professional Development Diploma, are the result of an ongoing collaboration with Historic England (formerly English Heritage). All courses are recognised by Historic England and adhere to its guidelines and standards aimed at improving practice.

You will learn the latest knowledge and developments in technology, craft and science applicable to historic buildings, archaeological sites and monuments. In particular, the approach set out in the Practical Building Conservation series, which represents Historic England's current advice and guidance.

Courses are relevant whether you need to develop practical skills or and need to understand, specify and supervise these skills. Past course attendees have included craftspeople, conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, planners, construction managers, specifiers, specialist contractors and archaeologists.

Please use the course search above or view the Conservation Short Course brochure below.

Professional Development Diploma: Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Recognised by Historic England (formerly English Heritage)

Study the technical and practical skills relevant to the repair and maintenance of historic structures. Improve your skills and up-to-date knowledge of developments in materials, techniques and current practice.

This Professional Development Diploma is ideal for conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, craftspeople and specialist contractors. It is achieved through the successful completion of 10 Building Conservation Masterclasses and the submission of a final 3,000 word portfolio. Bursaries are available from the Drake Trust.

Click here to see course page.

Object and Materials Conservation (OMC)

Refresh your skills and knowledge of developments in materials and techniques. Collaboration with relevant organisations and specialists has resulted in an outstanding range of expertise on each course. Some courses are practical and workshop based while others are conference-style events.

Please use the course search above or view the Conservation Short Course brochure below.

British Library courses

Preservation and collection care for libraries delivered by West Dean College in collaboration with the British Library. If you are a professional, conservation student or are interested in continuing professional development in this area these courses offer access to relevant training and expertise.

Most courses are half a day or a full day and take place at the British Library in London.

These conservation short courses can be found in the course finder.

For further information please call 01243 818219 or 01243 818300 or email cpd@westdean.org.uk

Bespoke courses

We can create bespoke conservation courses. Whether you are a contractor who wants training for your employees or an organisation wanting to learn the basics, we can help.

Organisations that have run events here include Historic England, the National Heritage Training Group, the National Trust and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Find out about our conference facilities.

For more information contact CPD course organiser 01243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

Accommodation

Stay with us during your course

Wake up to the characterful charm of this period property set in acres of parkland. Your room may be traditional in style or one of our more modern rooms. Rooms are in the main house or in the delightful old Vicarage onsite. In summer annexes in the grounds are also used. At the end of each day relax in the Historic Oak Hall or in the Steward's Bar with a book, drink or other participants.

More detail about accommodation is available via the course description pages.

How to book

By post

Download a booking form below and post to Admissions Office, West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ

By email

If you have any questions contact the Bookings Office: +44 (0)1243 818295

Or the CPD Coordinator: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

Terms and conditions

Download the full terms and conditions below.

  • If paying by debit or credit card this includes authorisation of the final payment six weeks before the start of the course.
  • If an organisation is paying by invoice, final payment is required six weeks before the start of the course.
  • If booking within six weeks of the start of the course, full payment is required.
  • If booking within six weeks of the start of the course, and an organisation paying by invoice, guarantee of payment must be made by debit or credit card.
  • If there is a place on the course, a booking confirmation pack will be sent to you as soon as possible. This contains all the information necessary for your visit, including the full course details.
  • If the course is fully booked you will be contacted promptly; your name will be added to the waiting list and any monies paid will be returned.

Overseas students

New UK immigration rules state that if you plan to engage in any kind of study while in the UK you should enter as a student and not as a tourist.

If you are studying in this country for less than six months and are a non-visa national, you may apply for a Student Visitor Visa in advance or for entry clearance as a Student Visitor when you arrive at a UK airport.

There are conditions for both these methods. We recommend that you consult the UK Border Agency for full details and a list of the documents and evidence you will need to confirm your student and financial status.

For further guidance see the UK Council for International Student Affairs - http://www.ukcisa.org.uk

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us