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TITLE Preserving our Treasures

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit, which will include formal lectures and study visits, will give basic theoretical and practical information on how best to take care – and hence preserve – cherished and possibly valuable items of significance to the owner. These will include items such as paintings, furniture, textiles (such as clothes, lace, carpets), books and works of art on paper, photographs and ceramics.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between basic dos and don’ts when the discussing the care of objects;
- Explain clearly which parameters will prolong the life of an object;
- Outline clearly under which circumstances a professional conservator should be called in for advice.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to describe and demonstrate how to handle, display and store an object of value correctly.

Main Text/s:

- CCI-IIC, Paintings and Polychrome Sculptures in (viewed on 30 January 2014).
- Cohn B. Marjorie, ed., 'Old Master Prints and Drawings, A Guide to Preservation and Conservation', Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 1997.
- Conserve-O-Gram 8/1, ‘Removing dust from Ceramic and glass objects’. Division of Conservation, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, 1993. (viewed on 30 January 2014).
- De von Flindt, M. ed., ‘The ABCs of Collections Care.’ Winnipeg : Manitoba Heritage Conservation Service, 1991.
- Lavedrine, Bertrand, 'A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections', The Getty Conservation Institute, 2003.
- Mervin R., Mecklenburg M.F., and Merill R.M. (eds) ‘Art in Transit Handbook for Packing and Transporting Paintings’, The National Gallery, Washington DC, 1991.
- Thomson, G. ‘The Museum Environment’, 2nd edition, Butterworths, 1986.
- Thomson R. and Kite M., 'Conservation of Leather and related materials', Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2006.
- The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping, ‘The Care of Historic Houses open to the Public’, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2005.

Supplementary readings:

- Ashall Glaister G., 'Encyclopedia of the Book', Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, Delaware and London, 2nd edn., 1996.
- Keene, S. ed. ‘Care of Collections’. London : Routledge, 1994.
- Munoz Vinas S., ‘Contemporary Theory of Conservation’, Routledge, London and New York, 2011.
- Reilly, James M., 'Care and Identification of 19th century photographic prints', Rochester, Eastman Kodak, 1986.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Lectures for this unit will be held on Thursdays between 18:00-20:00 which will occasionally be replaced by on-site lectures on Saturdays between 09:00-12:00.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Josef Aquilina
Claire Bonavia
David-Frank Bugeja
Lindsay Anne Galea
James Licari
Anthony Spagnol
Theresa Zammit Lupi

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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