Dr Lynda Skipper - Programme Leader
Dr Lynda Skipper is programme leader for BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage. After gaining a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, she studied conservation at Lincoln. Her previous employers include the Science Museum and National Trust. She re-joined the University of Lincoln as a lecturer in 2011. Her research interests include paints, pigments, and wallpapers.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
"Personally, Conservation is a perfect blend of practical work, history and science all learnt through the preservation of objects. It is a great course with a wide range of knowledge between the staff, and small numbers mean you learn on a more personal level."Wesley Leak, BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage student
The University is home to Lincoln Conservation, a company that combines research, teaching, and commercial expertise. It specialises in architectural paint research and the digital and physical conservation of historic objects, decorative schemes, and buildings. The expertise of our consultants has helped to inform the restoration of the Midland Grand Hotel (now known as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel), HMS Victory, and Southwell Minster. When opportunities arise, students may apply to work on live projects, gaining professional experience.
Lincoln Conservation has expertise in:
- Architectural paint research and historic pigments
- Historic materials analysis, including pigments, lead and mortars
- Conservation of historic decorative interiors, including wallpapers,
ceramics and gilding
- Easel painting
- 3D laser scanning and digital replication
A lab coat, a tool kit, and goggles are provided to each student studying Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Students on this course currently receive free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies.
The second year of the BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage features an optional 12 week placement. Students have the opportunity to source their own work placement in a museum, historic house, or a private conservation studio either in the UK or overseas. Tutors can provide support in obtaining placements when required.
Recent placement destinations have included the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of Denmark, and Calke Abbey in Derbyshire.
Please note that students are required to cover the costs of their accommodation, travel, and general living expenses when on placement. Opportunities for travel grants may be available, more information on which can be provided by the programme leader.
Portfolio and Interviews
Successful applicants will be invited for interview, where they have the opportunity to go through their portfolio with a member of the academic team.
Those applicants coming from art, design, craft, or technology backgrounds should bring a portfolio of selected previous work. In making the choice of what to include, please bear in mind the skills that we are looking for include precision, dexterity, and attention to detail.
Students who do not have artistic evidence to present in a portfolio are very welcome to apply. Students are selected for interview on the strength of their application, but may also have a hobby, such as needlework, DIY or model-making, that demonstrates potential practical skills. Students can bring evidence of these instead if appropriate. Other suitable skills evidence can include communication skills, IT and computing skills, and presentation skills.
"Lincoln is bursting with history, making the city a wonderful place to study conservation. The city is full of old buildings, such as the cathedral, which would inspire any trainee conservator. Every staff member on the Conservation team has a vast array of skills, knowledge, and experience."Eleanor Pearce, BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage graduate
Graduates of this course can progress into a range of careers in the conservation and heritage industries. Links with employers around the world have opened up opportunities for our graduates in prominent institutions, such as Historic Royal Palaces, the V&A Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Graduates can choose to go on to undertake further study at Master’s or doctoral level.
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