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Students undertake more complex assessment, documentation and conservation actions across different material and media types within an ethical and sustainable decision making framework. Content, processes and actions will depend on the values and functionality of the cultural and heritage collections but will include examination, documentation, digital and physical interventions.
This subject will be offered twice: one intensive for paper and painting specialties, and the other intensive for object-based specialties. It includes individual or group projects in either the conservation laboratory at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation with in the field, or off campus conservation treatments.
During the pre-teaching period students are expected to participate in a 1-hour online orientation forum, engage with the online lectures, complete the course readings, quizzes and any other course preparation as outlined in the LMS. The LMS will be available at the commencement of the pre-teaching period.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Assess and document in detail the condition and appropriate actions for various cultural and heritage collections, their values, situated contexts and functionality
- Identify damage, its associated meaning and value to critically propose and perform conservation actions in a range of societal and cultural contexts
- Reflect on ways of knowing cultural and heritage collections in support of inclusive conservation actions
- Demonstrate sound, independent, critical, ethical and sustainable decision-making skills in a professional conservation laboratory, institutions and in the field
- Undertake group and individual conservation actions and develop inclusive project management skills
- Present written, oral and new media reports to a professional standard and to broad audiences for social and cultural impact.
- Applied professional and ethical conservation actions
- Well-developed translation of research to industry and practice based projects
- Ability to negotiate value and significance for industry and diverse stakeholders
- Critical methodologies, technical approaches and documentary practices
- Advanced analytical, organisational and time-management skills
- Professional judgement, critical thinking and decision making
- Industry-focused communication skills and written work
- High level participation in collaborative conservation actions.
Last updated: 31 January 2024