Postgraduate Diploma of Conservation Books and Library Material

West Dean College

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma of Conservation Books and Library Material

West Dean College

Students come from all over the world to West Dean to learn the skills to become professional book conservators. All our students work on books and related materials from historical collections, have access to workshops 7am to 10pm seven days a week and a personal workbench, with areas for conservation, treatments, science, finishing, sharpening, secure storage, and bookbinding.

"I have particularly loved learning from fellow students in other programmes: investigating metalwork, woodworking, pottery, and musical instrument making.”

Alex Brooks, Books and Library Materials student

"As part of a community of conservators our students have access to expertise in parallel disciplines of conservation and are able to give and receive professional advice on a broad range of material types, both organic and inorganic.”

David Dorning, Programme Leader

Postgraduate Diploma (one academic year)

Through practical work you will undertake critical analysis of conservation treatments. Learn to research through practice to make and present an accurate model of a historical book structure. Study exhibition issues, metal components of books, paper conservation, disaster response and materials science. A six-week work placement in a conservation workshop, either in a public institution or a private workshop.

Entry requirements

Complete West Dean’s Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials, or appropriate relevant experience, and a degree in a relevant subject.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom West Dean, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price - Price is for tuition only