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Chemistry for Conservators (by correspondence)

Date: 1 September - 31 December 2014
Tutor(s): Velson Horie
Number of participants: 35
Price: 775.00 (UK price; shipping extra outside UK)

Chemistry for Conservators has been run by IAP for over 20 years, and the coursework is now in its ninth edition.

This four month correspondence course is offered two or three times a year. (Please enquire if interested in a different start date from the one shown). This course provides an introduction for people with little (for instance lower school chemistry studied years ago) or no chemistry.

The syllabus is aimed at major conservation issues, e.g. types of materials, the environment, cleaning and deterioration, and is divided into four blocks:
1. An "Introduction" to chemical explanations of the physical world uses materials of common experience, air and water
2. "First principles" carries this further and explains the new language of chemistry
3. "Chemistry in action" samples the chemistry of materials that are of use in conservation
4. "Chemistry and the conservator", applies the knowledge gained in the previous blocks to your work

The course can provide a good background for those wishing to enter training courses in conservation (indeed several conservation training establishments recommend this course to potential students with insufficient chemistry qualifications).

Submissions of answers for each unit can either be done via post or through a Virtual Learning Environment website using Moodle software.

The course is conducted in English by correspondence. Early enrolment is recommended.

Please note: This is not a course to be undertaken lightly. The value of this course lies in the commitment and energy required of participants to complete it. Students need to have excellent time management skills. The course must be completed within the four month period.


Recent comments
2012: 'Very intense in four months but so informative. Really opened my eyes to how Chemistry is all around us.'

2011: 'I found it highly interesting and enlightening. I would highly recommend the course, and would encourage people to put aside an adequate amount of time for each unit.'

2010: 'I found this course excellent and a good eye opener for any objects conservator in particular.'

2009: 'Thank you for giving me the opportunity to study this course - I found it thoroughly interesting and know that it will be beneficial to my future studies.'

2007: 'It has opened my eyes not only to new aspects of Chemistry but most importantly, just how integral it is to Conservation and the necessity of grasping it.'

2005: 'I would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to do conservation'

A previous review of the course: 'The course is entirely relevant to the work of a conservator, and although it is hard work, I would recommend it highly to anyone who wishes to strengthen their foundations in chemistry.'