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Metals: Structure, Corrosion and Conservation - 20 credits (HS2371)

This module defines what metals are and looks at their structure. Corrosion theory is examined and they types of corrosion that can occur are defined. The nature of corrosion in different environments is assessed and illustrated by looking at the metals and alloys of antiquity, along with aluminium. This underpinning theory is then used to examine and discuss how cultural objects are preserved, with emphasis on archaeological metals. Both preventive and interventive conservation methods are considered. Ethics and practical aspects of conservation occupy an important part within the teaching.

Staff: David Watkinson
Teaching: 20 lectures; seminars
Assessment: 1 essay (50%) and 1 examination (50%)
Semester: Autumn and Spring