Exhibition: 22.06.2012 – 30.06.2012
Restoration and Conservation Degree Show
About the show
The show displays the outcomes of what has been another eventful year for the Restoration and Conservation courses.Objects including a drum (Maidstone museum), sideboard (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), an African mask (Horniman Museum) and other objects from private and commercial workshops and studios illustrate the wide range of artefacts that were worked on by the students in their final year major projects.
Our show represents the work of a whole year and one of the most important factors in the themes of any year is the nature of the cultural partners we work with. The work shown reflects the type and character of the various institutions and collections who invite us to apply our students’ growing knowledge and expertise to their artefacts.
The academic year commenced with all the final year students heading off on placement, once again we had a number of students who went abroad, for example Finland and Berlin. The majority this year were based in national museums with students at the Museum of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Palaces and National Museum of Wales, St Fagans. Others choose to be in regional centres such as Maidstone Museum, the Horniman Museum, London and specialist environments (such as an operating theatre museum), and yet others worked in commercial companies such Titians, Plowden and Smith and other well known workshops and studios.
This year we asked students to give a short talk on their placements and invited the placement host or mentor along to this enjoyable and informative event. Once again the course team and students are very grateful to all those that hosted our students and support our courses.
This year the conservation section study tour was to Barcelona: nearly twenty students travelled to the Catalonian capital to enjoy the work of Gaudi in the bitterly and unseasonably cold weather. The National Gallery of Catalonia hosted us for a very special visit and a highly rewarding experience was had by all.