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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Chichester

PO18 0QZ

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The field of conservation is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. As budgets in the heritage sector are being slashed, institutions in particular are requiring their conservators to handle a wider range of objects and tasks, and to demonstrate an increasing level of cross-disciplinary knowledge. As conservation students, it is important that we have an understanding of the shape of the industry, and are equipped with the tools and contacts we need to successfully work and grow in the field.


The aim of this conference is to prepare students for the transition into employment within a field that is itself transitioning, and to encourage the sharing of interdisciplinary ideas and an industrywide focus on cross-disciplinary training/learning.


The conference is free to attend, but spaces are limited.



Three papers will be delivered in the morning sessions:


Specialisations in Conservation: Identifying transferrable skills and adapting to job criteria for museum roles – Margot Murray

Margot is an assistant artefact conservator at National Museums Scotland. Drawing on her own experience of specialising in ceramics and going on to work in a general object conservation role, she will be talking about how specialist skills can still be transferable when working on objects made from different materials, and how to successfully incorporate details of these into a museum job application.


Training for work in contemporary and modern art conservation: Undertaking an internship at Tate Sculpture and Installation Department as part of an object conservation course – Libby Ireland

Currently in her final year of an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at University College London, in an interesting contrast with Margot’s presentation, Libby will be talking about how she adapted broader object conservation training into a more specialist Contemporary and Modern Art conservation role as part of her internship at the Tate.


Thinking Outside the Box: The Challenge of my First Conservation Job – Marina Herriges

Marina is a final year masters student at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencià. Reflecting on a three-month position as assistant textile conservator at the Carmen Miranda museum in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2017, Marina will consider the differences between “real world” work and what we do as students in teaching institutions, and how theory and practice must be adapted when presented with the idea of an object’s function beyond the student workbench.


The afternoon will consist of two panel sessions. The first of these will encompass a group of emerging professionals at various stages of their careers, who will each talk briefly about their professional journey, before the floor is opened to questions and discussion from delegates. The second panel will be a range of professionals in related fields, speaking about their professional relationship with conservators and how students should expect to interact with linked professionals during their career. This will also be followed by a Q&A and discussion. Currently confirmed panellists include:


Emerging Professionals Panellists

Margot Murray - Assistant Artefact Conservator at National Museums Scotland.

Emily Kelmendi – Freelance Conservator/Collections Manager. Also currently undertaking the Collections Care and Conservation Management MA at West Dean College.

Johan ten Hoeve – Conservator at The Clockworks museum of electrical horology, London.


Linked Professionals Panellists

Duncan Walker – Curator at the Russell-Coates Museum, Bournemouth.

James Stratton – Director of the Clock Department at Bonhams.

Emma O’Driscoll – Collections Manager at West Dean College.

More to be confirmed.



Tea, Coffee and a buffet lunch will also be provided for all delegates. The closing date for registration to attend is Sunday 10th June. A pre-pack with a conference timetable and information about how to get to West Dean College will be emailed to delegates in advance of the conference date.


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