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Essentials of Conservation - 20 credits (HS2339)

Aims of the module:
To introduce students to the theory, ethics, aims and objectives of conservation.
To introduce methods of laboratory analysis used in everyday conservation practice.
To study the structure of synthetic polymers via their chemical and physical properties, to understand their properties, applications in conservation and their decay.

Forms of teaching:
A series of lectures over two semesters will  provide an overview of the structure, decay, properties and use of synthetic and natural polymers in conservation practice. In support of this information, other lectures address functional topics such as adhesion, polymer testing, ageing and uses of polymers in conservation.
A series of seminars and practical classes over two semesters will provide an introduction to conservation ethics, use of core equipment such as x radiography, photography, microscopes and FTIR, mechanical and chemical cleaning, use of adhesives and gap-fillers and in-painting techniques

Forms of Assessment:
The module will be entirely assessed by course and laboratory work.  Course work A critical review of the use of a polymer widely used for conservation applications (50%) .Laboratory work An analytical evaluation of an un known sample to identify its composition (50%).