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30th April 2009, 11:30am
Historic artefacts restored by student conservators go on show
Roman Beaker - before restoration Rare museum pieces which have been carefully restored by student conservators at the University of Lincoln will go on public display next month.

African dolls, Oriental antiquities and Roman glassware are among the ancient artefacts and rare collector’s items which undergraduates from the University’s BA Conservation and Restoration programme have painstakingly conserved.

These historic objects, and many more, will be on display at an exhibition where members of the public can learn more the techniques used to restore them. The BA Conservation and Restoration Degree Show will be held at the University of Lincoln, Chad Varah House, Wordsworth Street, off Steep Hill, Lincoln, opening on 8 May.

It is the first of several degree shows which will be staged in May by final year students from the University’s Lincoln School of Art & Design.

BA Conservation and Restoration students were given their own complex conservation projects to undertake during the final year of their studies. Historic objects in varying states of condition were donated by museums and collectors from across the country for the students to apply the skills and techniques they have developed over the last three years.

The work has included cleaning, stabilising and, where necessary, reconstructing these objects – bringing them back to a condition where they can be placed on public display.

John Greenwood, Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Restoration at the University of Lincoln, said: "This show is the culmination of three years' hard work by our students. They have developed a wide range of techniques and learnt how to apply them in a skilled and professional way. The work of Lincoln conservation students has made an important contribution to world heritage.”
The BA Conservation and Restoration Final Year Exhibition takes place in Chad Varah House, Wordsworth Street, off Steep Hill, Lincoln. The launch night is on Friday 8 May from 6pm-8.30pm (for invited guests). The public are welcome to visit the exhibition on Saturday 9 May and Monday 11 May, from 10am-4pm. It will also be open to the public during The Lincoln School of Art and Design’s Degree Show Week on Saturday 16 May, and Monday 18 to Friday 22 May, opening from 10am-3pm. Staff and students will be present to greet visitors.

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