Jon Privett

Programme Tutor, Conservation - Metalwork

Jon's wide ranging conservation experience means he has a deep appreciation and understanding of what drives the profession as well as the students he teaches. He worked in commercial, museum, and private practice before joining West Dean College as the Programme Tutor for Metalwork Conservation in 2007. Jon believes that he should practice what he preaches and as a result is often found with hammer in one hand and a cotton wool swab in the other. His overarching expertise is in solving difficult practical and theoretical problems, where different options, agendas and ethical decisions intersect in an object. He very much enjoys what he does.

Jon is a member of the Institute of Conservation (Icon).

Research interests:

  • Historic metal coatings and patinas
  • The role and use of plants in traditional metalworking processes
  • Forensic and biographical information in objects

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