Object and materials conservation

Conservation of Transport and Industrial Collections with Chris Knapp

Ref: M4D08207


About this course

This course delivers the fundamental information needed to understand the role and approach of the conservator involved in the care of a transport or industrial collection and to extend their knowledge of conservation principles. The programme consists of demonstrations, lectures and handling sessions, concentrating on conserving the many different materials encountered in transport and industrial collections. It also looks at preventive conservation, handling, storage and display and environmental monitoring and control. All too often the original surface and materials that make up transport and technology objects are lost due to over-restoration and inappropriate replacement, with disparity in the aims of treatment and the level of conservation/restoration of the objects. There may be no common approach available as a basis for management, treatment methods, documentation or consideration of ethics, with few opportunities to develop a more ethical conservation approach. There may also be a lack of provision for conservation training. As it can be difficult for a conservator to learn the required engineering skills in a short time, transport and technology museum staff might be engineers first and become conservators-restorers second. Topics will include Recognising the properties of different categories of fabrics, leather, woods, paint and varnish finishes, metals, etc Recognising the main causes and effects of degradation of the material Identifying the major environmental parameters for safe handling, storage and display Understanding the different roles of objects within private and public collections and the influences of these roles on treatment Understanding basic passive techniques and housekeeping methods Identifying and discussing the pros and cons of in-situ treatments and treatments involving temporary removal of one or more element of the object. The course will encourage active participation from those attending to foster the spirit of mutual exchange of ideas and experiences.


Chris Knapp

OMC Course Leader

Chris Knapp specialises in the conservation of aircraft. He trained as an industrial conservator with the Science Museum and is now Head of Conservation at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. He is an accredited conservator with Icon.


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