Conservation of Transport and Industrial Collections with Chris Knapp

Object and materials conservation

Ref: M4D11566

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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.

Course Description

Day 1 
16.00- 18.45- Registration
18.45- Welcome talk
19.00- Dinner
20.00- 21.00- What is a museum?  

Day 2 
09.00- Introduction to the day
Conservation principles and aims
Conservation ethics
13.00- Lunch
14.00- Repainting, Restoring, Repairing
16.15- 18.15- Documentation and work recording
19.00- 19.45- Dinner
20.00- Evening Student Project

Day 3 
09.00- Introduction to the day
Storage and display requirements
The conservation of the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s Corsair
13.00- 13.45- Lunch
14.00- 15.45- Conservation programmes: Clocks, Furniture, Books
16.15- 17.30- Metals Conservation
19.00- 19.45- Dinner
20.00- Discussion session

Day 4  
09.00- Introduction to the day
Environmental controls and checking
13.00- 13.45- Lunch
14.00- Historic Vehicle Conservation project
16.15- Case studies of a selection of industrial objects
19.00- 19.45- Dinner

Day 5 
09.00- Introduction to the day
Case studies of a selection of industrial objects
‘Caravans to Cars’:  A look at the decision-making behind the Conservation Treatment Plan
13.00- 13.45- Lunch
Wind up and issue of certificates
15.30- Course ends.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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