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Courses at West Dean College

From: Liz Campbell <liz.campbell>
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
West Dean College
Professional Conservators in Practice Courses

The Conservation of Hinterglasmalerei
9-12 May 2006

    Reverse-painted glass paintings are generally known by the
    German term Hinterglasmalerei. This course gives the chance to
    learn about the history and technology of this art form and give
    an understanding of the deterioration and
    conservation/restoration of reverse-painted glass.  Each
    participant will create a reverse painting on glass using
    traditional methods; the objects made will then be damaged in
    order to test conservation materials and techniques.
    Participants are encouraged to bring their own study objects or
    fragments for discussion.

The Conservation of Wax Objects
20-23 June 2006

    A practical course that will provide an understanding of wax
    objects from a technological, structural and historical
    perspective. This course is aimed at object conservators who
    wish to develop a greater understanding of the examination and
    treatment issues involved in the preservation of waxes.
    Practitioners involved in production, examination and
    conservation and restoration in this very specialised field will
    provide the teaching.

The Conservation of Plastics
18-21 July 2006

    In association with the ICN, West Dean College has developed a
    short course aimed at meeting this training need.

    Plastics can be found in ethnographical and textile collections
    imitating precious materials like ivory, tortoiseshell and
    amber, in modern art collections of three-dimensional
    non-traditional art, in collections of household goods and in
    collections of scientific equipment.  Plastics can be found in
    every museum collection and this will increase in the future.
    How do we deal with plastic and plastic objects in collections?
    Can we identify plastics or different types of plastic, as this
    is a relatively new material? There are guidelines for the
    passive conservation of plastics, but the active conservation of
    plastics still has to be developed. The aim of the course is to
    acquaint conservators, conservation scientists and restorers
    with the current state of knowledge regarding identification,
    degradation and conservation of plastics as used in our cultural

Specialised Techniques for Polychromed and Gilded Surfaces
11-14 September 2006

    Polychromed and Gilded Surfaces is a practical course providing
    participants with a greater understanding of making techniques,
    an overview of materials and an opportunity to discuss and
    compare options for conservation and restoration.  The course
    will be mainly hands-on; participants will have the opportunity
    to work with the materials and create samples of these
    decorative techniques.  Participants may be those who need to
    develop practical skills and those who need to understand and
    specify these skills:  craftsmen, conservators, art historians
    and those with an interest in historic interiors. Participants
    must have had basic experience in gilding.  They may be junior
    conservators, or more experienced conservators who need to
    develop their range of skills.  They may also be gilding
    specialists, who have little opportunity for further study of
    traditional techniques.

Non-residential Course Fee: UKP315

For further information, please contact Liz Campbell at West Dean
College, bcm [at] westdean__org__uk.

Liz Campbell
Conservation Short Courses Coordinator
West Dean College
West Dean
West Sussex PO18 0QZ
+44 1243 818219
Fax: +44 1243 811343

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