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This blog is a platform for current students of the Cardiff University Conservation Department to publicise their activities, work and opinions.  We are a small complement of around 40 students that encompass Doctoral, two professional and practice based Masters and Bachelors programmes in Conservation, as well as Masters in Care of Collections.

Here we learn by hands on practice and rigorous academic theory in purpose-designed laboratories boasting state of the art analytical and imaging tools.  This is on top of all the other facilities that Cardiff University has to offer. Alumni have gone on to become practising conservators, teach and research in the UK and internationally.

There really is no better way to highlight the labs and infrastructure than this most informative video tour of the MSc in Conservation Practice produced by past students, Arianna Carini and Marisa Kalvins. It also applies to the other courses too!

The department is led by our resident ferrous genius David Watkinson and he is complemented by Jane HendersonPhil Parkes and Nicola Emmerson, all experts in their fields. Beyond the academic and professional prowess of this team of lecturers is their encompassing and friendly manner.  They truly are a supportive network of advisors and friends to our small and close-knit cohort of students.

But what do we do on a day-to-day basis?  What is studying Conservation really like?  What are the real prospects once you leave Cardiff?  All these questions we hope to answer and have some fun along the way. We hope you’ll enjoy finding out what it takes to become a conservator.