School of Conservation
Excellence in conservation education
At West Dean College, we specialise in the conservation of tangible cultural heritage. Students gain extensive practical experience of conservation on high-quality objects, underpinned by a thorough grounding in theoretical and contextual knowledge.
Complementing the full-time programmes is a range of conservation short courses, including a programme in partnership with The British Library.
Academic staff are respected in their fields and have extensive connections with employers in the heritage sector. Students gain an understanding of and the ability to apply Icon's Professional Standards in Conservation. Alumni are among the most sought-after in their fields, both nationally and internationally.
The School of Conservation's active links in the heritage sector include:
The British Library, The British Museum, Historic England, The V&A, National Maritime Museum, The National Archives, Fitzwilliam Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, Royal Swedish Palaces, Lincei Library in Rome, Plowden and Smith Ltd and Richard Rogers Conservation.