Short Courses

We can deliver bespoke training courses suitable for your needs, which can be delivered in your workplace or other suitable venue, or you can join a course delivered here at the University of Lincoln. To express your interest in any of these courses, or for any other training requirements you have, please contact us.

Digital Heritage in Conservation

These three one-day courses are an ideal introduction to Digital Heritage in Conservation. The courses are designed to complement each other, but can also be taken as standalone units.

An Introduction to Computer Applications for Conservators and Museum Professionals - Monday 25th June 2018 - Course Cancelled

Although computational techniques proved to be particularly useful for conservation recording and documentation, decision making, restoration and presentation, there are limited opportunities for training. This course provides an introduction for conservators and museum professionals with little or no background in computer applications, with main emphasis on digital recording strategies, virtual reconstruction/digital restoration, 3D fabrication and online dissemination tools, platforms and useful software. It combines theoretical approaches to digital techniques in conservation, practical skills for the best use of computational tools and technical skills for beginners. The course will clarify the use and applications, advantages and limitations of each digital recording technique, focusing on examples covering a wide variety of artefacts types and materials as well as intangible cultural heritage. The basic concepts of 3D modelling, and the most commonly used tools for digital restoration and virtual reconstruction projects will be presented. The applications of 3D fabrication, including replication and storage/preventive conservation, gap filling/ remedial treatment will be explained. Web publication tools and platforms for sharing and accessing useful information and visuals will be presented.

Standard fee: £150 Student fee: £120

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) - Tuesday 26th June 2018 - Course Cancelled

The surface topography of objects is key for understanding their material characteristics, asses their state of preservation, reveal hidden details and explore how they were made and used in the past. RTI is being used for recording texture and colour and revealing surface morphology. It produces interactive relighting files particularly useful for documentation, condition assessment and monitoring, presentation and online dissemination.

The theoretical part of this short course will explain the fundamental concepts, including instrumentation, data acquisition strategies, processing pipelines, viewing software and web publication tools, referring to characteristic examples and applications. During the practical part, participants will get hands-on experience by performing highlight data capture, processing, viewing and online publication. Participants can RTI visualise objects of their choice.

Standard fee: £300 Student fee: £240

Photogrammetry - Wednesday 27th June 2018 - Course Cancelled

3D digitisation is increasingly being used for preservation, analysis and presentation of cultural heritage. 3D models provide enhanced options for documentation, public engagement, preventive conservation, remedial restoration and research. The theoretical part of this short course will provide an overview of theoretical background, principles and instrumentation, as well as characteristic examples and applications of 3D digitisation in cultural heritage. During the demonstration participants will become familiar with capturing, processing pipelines using commercial software for 3D digitisation from 2D images.

Standard fee: £250 Student fee: £200

If you wish to book onto all three courses we offer a discounted rate with a standard fee of £500, and student fee of £400.


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Introduction to Gilding techniques

A practical workshop providing an introduction to traditional gilding techniques including an overview of gilding techniques; how to prepare an object for gilding; handling materials; gilding tools; applying the leaf; toning and distressing and aftercare of gilded objects.

Coming in Autumn 2018 - dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Conservation & Restoration: An Introduction to the Care of Historic Collections

Aimed at individuals involved in the care of historic objects and collections. This practical workshop will examine; environmental monitoring; preventive conservation; pest management; safe moving & handling; storage and display and condition surveys.

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Managing the Redevelopment of Historic Interiors. Conservation Awareness On-site  

This course is aimed at contractors, sub-contractors and employees undertaking construction, refurbishment or restoration works on historic buildings. It aims to provide operatives without a heritage or conservation background with the basic knowledge needed to avoid unnecessary damage, and health and safety risks.

Objects and buildings can be historically significant because of their aesthetic value, their ceremonial or religious function, an association with individuals or events, and their value to educate and inform. They help to tell the story of our society - the better they tell this story, the higher the historical significance. Buildings of historic value are often listed to give legal protection to the structure and contents from purposeful damage. However they are also at risk from accidental damage.

When work is undertaken on an historic interior, the moveable contents are often stored and protected off site, but immovable fixtures and fittings remain. These may be doors, banisters, panelling, wallpapers, light fittings, or floors. These elements contribute greatly to the overall character and significance of a building.

Overlooked items such as these can be easily damaged, resulting in costly repairs or irreversible loss. Breakage can also potentially release harmful substances into the air, for example airborne lead or arsenic particles.

Simple protective measures and awareness can ensure the safety of these objects, and the safety of the working environment on site.

The course will cover:

  • What is meant by the character and significance of the historic interior
  • Responsibility and liability
  • The importance of protecting features, fixtures and fittings in historic buildings
  • The impact of bad practice
  • What protective measures can be taken

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Commissioning Architectural Paint Research

This course aims to help clients understand what Architectural Paint Research is, what it can tell you, and how to get the most out of it.

Architectural Paint Research (APR) can be a requirement of listed building consent, however it can also be a powerful and informative tool.

When a decorative finish is applied to a surface, any previous decoration is usually not fully removed. Over time, these layers of decoration and re-decoration build up, leaving a stratigraphic history of the area’s appearance.

APR examines this physical evidence and ties it in with documentary evidence to produce a history of the surface decoration. Although known as ‘paint research’, the technique encompasses all decorative finishes, including gilding, wallpapers and varnishes. It can be conduced on any decorated structure from buildings, to ships, to railings.

Architectural Paint Research can:

  • Record physical evidence before removal
  • Inform on redecoration for restoration projects
  • Identify potential significance of decorative schemes
  • Identify health and safety risks
  • Inform on the date and physical development of the structure

This course will cover:

  • What information can be gained from architectural paint research
  • What are the limitations of paint research
  • What stage of the project
  • How to budget
  • How to create a brief
  • What questions to ask

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

This day course will cover the basics of integrated pest management, with the morning concentrating on the identification of common insect pests. The afternoon will cover the theory and practical of setting up a long term pest monitoring system within a building. The course is aimed at people working or volunteering in heritage, or with historic buildings and collections, who would like to know more about protecting their buildings and collections from insect pests. No previous knowledge is required.

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Preservation of Archaeological Collections

This one day CPD course is designed for those working with archaeological collections who have no previous conservation training.  The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and hands on workshops.

Sample Content:

  • Introduction to the types of deterioration that occur in the burial environment 
  • Agents of deterioration post-excavation focussing on environmental conditions (light, R.H. and temperature)
  • Correct handling and storage for different material types including
  • Considerations for exhibiting archaeological objects, including display materials and mounting

NB This course can be tailored to suit the requirements of participants. To accomplish this we contact attendees by email prior to the course to ascertain the nature of the issues affecting their collections.

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.


Care of Metal Artefacts

This one day course will provide an overview of the care and preservation of metal objects. It will be a mixture of lectures and workshops, led by the team at the University of Lincoln in their conservation and science labs.

Throughout the day delegates will be introduced to the chemical and physical deterioration of different types of metals, with a focus on environmental conditions. This will then be followed by how to handle and package metals and a workshop on cleaning and basic care.

Dates and venues to be announced shortly, please check back soon.



Training courses can take place in either our city centre location, your own workplace, or other suitable location.  Please contact us to discuss further.


Course fee

Fees will be announced shortly.


Booking and further details

To confirm your place please contact:

Michael Poole, College of Arts
Tel: 01522 837426

Or you can contact us via our contact form.