West Dean College of Arts and Conservation: Collections Care and Conservation Management

InstitutionWest Dean College of Arts and Conservation View institution profile
Department School of Conservation
Web https://www.westdean.ac.uk
Email admissions@westdean.org.uk
Telephone 01243 811301
Study type Taught


This MA provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a lead role in collections care and management within a historic house context. It is aimed at conservators and curators with significant collections care responsibilities, as well as graduates from conservation or other museum related disciplines intending to develop their careers in this area.

Areas of study include understanding, monitoring and managing agents of deterioration; emergency/salvage planning; collections surveys, risk assessment and management; event management; managing staff and budgets; collections care and the fabric of the building; security; introduction to grant-writing; loans, handling and packing; housekeeping and care of typical object types, including paper and books, textiles, tapestries, carpets and rugs, ceramics, stone and plaster, metals, furniture and organic materials, paintings.


West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Benefit from an international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is formally affiliated with the University of Sussex. Study options range from Graduate Diploma through to Master’s level. You can expect an immersive environment, a forward-thinking approach, and a rich heritage of creativity.

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