Taught course

Conservation of Books and Library Materials

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

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Entry requirements

To join the PGDip/MA programme you will need to have a good first degree in Conservation or a closely related field; or have completed a Graduate Diploma in a closely related subject; or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in basic conservation science, academic skills (research, writing and critical analysis) and practical hand skills, including manual sensitivity and dexterity.

Months of entry


Course content

An international reputation for book conservation skills.

Working on live projects, you will apply professional book conservation treatments and critical analysis of treatments. Study of historical book structures will entail research in order to make an accurate model of a chosen historical book structure. In Conservation theory and practice you will explore exhibition issues, metal components of books, paper conservation, disaster response and materials science.

You can expect:

  • To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments.
  • To work on live projects, taking part in decision-making and applying professional conservation treatments.
  • To perform historical research and interpretation of the objects you work on.
  • To work with materials from library and archive collections.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through bursary or scholarship funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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