The Conservation Research Group supports research into the conservation of cultural heritage by conservators, curators, academics, and full-time students related to the conservation disciplines studied at West Dean College (books and library materials; metals; clocks; ceramics, stone, and glass; furniture and decorative objects). The Group facilitates symposia, seminars and research fora into all aspects of interventive and preventive conservation, as well as conservation science. It also coordinates the Conservation Research Fellow programme.
The Group aims to encourage and develop research activities amongst the academic staff, to take full advantage of the facilities and equipment at West Dean to take active part in the development of new techniques, knowledge of materials science, and generally furthering understanding and interpretation of heritage. Such activities enrich the learning environment for students and provide future opportunities for meaningful impact in the conservation community.
Research Group contact:
David Dorning, Chair
Head of School of Conservation
Research interests: teaching science for conservation; analytical techniques for conservation; overlap of science into visual arts.
Clock and Related Objects Programme Leader
Research interests: interpretation, use and display of Dynamic Historic Objects; understanding meaning and authenticity in relation to DHO’s; the value of bench craft skill in society
Associate Tutor, Books and Library Materials
Research interests: book conservation; bookbinding; 18th century French bookbinding; paper degradation; nondestructive analysis
Associate Tutor, Furniture and Related Objects
Research interests: furniture conservation; decorative surfaces; Asian lacquer