Conservation Studies students recently made exciting discoveries while working on previously uncatalogued material found in West Dean’s gardens and workshops. Their discoveries have revealed new information about the history of the College and gardens, and its development over the last 50 years as West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.
Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies students specialising in Books and Library Materials, Amelia, Christina and Leszek started by sorting through and cataloguing old plans and drawings of the house, workshops and gardens from the 1900s to 1990s. Among the new documents discovered were:
The two-week preventative conservation project resulted in this material being assessed, sorted, catalogued, cleaned and digitised. All the items have now been transferred to archival storage where it can be accessed for research and interpretation in the College Archives.
Of the project, Christina said, "I have enjoyed working on the garden archives project. My favourite part of the project was figuring out the history behind the architectural and garden drawings. Being involved in a little sleuthing and a lot of documentation made these hidden gems available again”.
Join an upcoming Open Day to discover more about our Conservation Studies programmes, at Graduate Diploma and Masters level; including specialising in Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Metalwork and Furniture.
Wednesday 2 November (Virtual) or Friday 25 November (In-person). Register your place here.