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Inorganic Objects: Decay and Conservation - 20 credits (HS2372)

This module defines the structure of a range of inorganic materials and examines their decay in various conservation contexts (e.g. wall paintings, mosaics, statuary and ancient glass). The decay environment is defined and its influence on the decay process is studied. This underpinning theory is then used to examine and discuss how inorganic cultural objects are preserved, with emphasis on inorganic archaeological objects. Choice, assessment and selection of materials used in the conservation processes are discussed. Ethics and practical aspects of conservation occupy an important part in this module.

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