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Art Conservation Training

Sources for Degrees, Seminars, and Mid-Career Training
Training in the United States

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Old Post Office Building
Room 809
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Certificate of attendance for seminars.

American Academy of Decorative Finishes
PO Box 12253
Scottsdale, AZ 85267
(602) 991-8560
Teaches the fine art of decorative finishes, courses, and videos.

Amigos Library Services
14400 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3509
(972) 851-8000; (800) 843-8482
Courses in paper-based materials and collections.

Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
203 East Seminary Street
PO Box 66
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
(815) 244-1173
Courses in conservation.

Cathedral Stone Products, Inc.
8332 Bristol Court #107
Jessup, MD 20794
(800) 684-0901
FAX (800) 684-0904
Three-day stone patching training course offered.

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg Institute
PO Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
(800) 603-0948; (757) 565-8637
FAX (757)565-8630
Forums, symposiums, programs, workshops, and classes.

Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
400 Avery Hall
1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-3518
FAX (212) 864-0410
Degree programs in architecture, planning and preservation.

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
Preservation Services Office
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-0613
FAX (215) 735-9313
Workshops on conservation.

Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts
New York University
14 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-5800
FAX (212) 772-5807
Contact: Margaret Holben Ellis, Chairman
Graduate degrees in conservation.

Eastfield Village
School of Historic Preservation
Box 143 RD, 104 Mud Pond Road
East Nassau, NY 12062
(518) 766-2422
Workshops in historic preservation, traditional trades and domestic arts.

The Finishing School, Inc.
50 Carnation Avenue, Building 2
Floral Park, NY 11001
(516) 327-4850
Classes in finishing and painting techniques and restoration.

George Washington University
Historic Preservation Program
American Studies/Urban Planning
Washington, DC 20052
Masters, PhD or MURP degrees in historic preservation.

Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048-1685
(310) 440-7320
FAX (310) 440-7703
Courses in conservation.

International Preservation Trades Workshop
PO Box 1815
Rockville, MD 20849-1815
(301) 545-0000
FAX (301) 545-0020
Demonstrations, discussions, meetings, events.

Midwest Art Conservation Center
2400 Third Avenue Aouth
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3120
A non-profit regional center providing education and training.

National Preservation Institute
National Building Museum
Judiciary Square
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0038
Introductory and specialized seminars in historic preservation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Director of Education
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Seminars and conferences.

North American School of Decorative Art (NASODA)
334 South Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 833-5050
Fax (630) 834-1969
NASODA offers decorative painting and faux finish courses based on European traditions.

North Bennet Street School
39 North Bennet Street
Boston, MA 02113-1914
(617) 227-0155
Programs and apprenticeships devoted to fine craftsmanship training.

Northern Virginia Community College
6901 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109-2399
(703) 257-6610
Stone Carving and Restoration Certificate.

Period Details
16841 Kercheval Place, 2nd Floor
Grosse Point, MI 48230
(313) 885-9237
Workshops in decorative-paint techniques are offered.

Preservation Trades Network
PO Box 10236
ROckville, MD 20849-0236
(866) 853-9335
FAX (866) 853-9336
Workshops from skilled demonstrators in trade and preservation.

Restoration & Renovation Expo and Conference
129 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864
Annual event with conference, exposition, and workshops.

Restore
Restoration Skills Training Program
160 South Street
New York, NY 10038
Certificate of training; workshops.

Riverbend Timber Framing, Inc.
PO Box 26
Blissfield, MI 49228
(517) 486-4355
Workshops in timber-framing offered.

Rocky Mountain Painting
240 Evergreen Drive
Park City, UT 84060
(800) 527-9284
Decorative painting workshops.

San Gemini Preservation Studies Program
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
School of Architecture and Urban Planning
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-4014
The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is a program that promotes studies in the preservation of cultural heritage.  Our primary goal is to instruct students in:   Methods to analyze cultural objects, both in their physical  and contextual aspects; Learn to develop strategies regarding cultural heritage preservation; Understand the potential advantages and drawbacks to restoration; Learn methods and tools available for material restoration and  conservation.

Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 238-1240
FAX (301) 238-3709
Fellowships and internships.

State University College at Buffalo
Art Conservation Department
1300 Elmwood Avenue
230 Rockwell Hall
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095
(716) 878-5025
FAX (716) 878-6914
Contact: Chris Tahk, Program Director
Graduate degree in conservation.

Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
Harvard University Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-2393
FAX (617) 495-9936
Graduate and postgraduate internships.

University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum
Art Conservation Program
303 Old College
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2479
FAX (302) 831-4330
Contact: Joyce Hill Stoner, Director
Undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees in conservation.

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
115 Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
(215) 898-3169
FAX (215) 573-6326
Degree program in conservation and historic preservation.

University of Texas at Austin 
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
Preservation & Conservation Studies
SZB 564
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3821
FAX (512) 471-3971
Preservation and conservation studies courses, graduate degree.

US Heritage Group
3516 North Kostner
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 286-2100
Courses in historic buildings conservation.

International Training

Algonquin College of Applied Art & Technology
Museum Technology Programme
1385 Woodroofe Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 1V8
Canada
(613) 727-9400
Courses in the museum technology program.

Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University
P.O. Box 53066
NL-1007 RB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 620 0225
Summer courses on art history and management intended for post-graduate students, professional art historians and conservation scientists.

Architectural Association
School of Architecture
34-36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
United Kingdom
Architectural Association Graduate Diploma in building conservation or conservation of historic landscapes, parks and gardens.

Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir
82, Rue de l'Hotel-de-Ville
Paris F 75004
France
Craft specialization program training at all levels.

Canadian Conservation Institute
Training and Information Coordinator
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0M5
Canada
(613) 998-3721
FAX (613) 998-4721
Courses, seminars, and internships.

Canberra College of Advanced Education
Conservation of Cultural Materials
PO Box 1
Belconnen, ACT 2616
Australia
Bachelor or Masters of Applied Science in Conservation of Cultural Materials.

Cathedral Works Organisation Ltd.
Terminus Road
Chichester
West Sussex, PO19 2TX
United Kingdom
Certificate of attendance in stone carving and crafts.

Collège Montmorency
Programme de muséologie
475, boul. de l'Acenir
Laval, Québec H7N 5H9
Canada
Courses in the museology program.

Courtauld Institute of Art
University of London
20 Portman Square
London W1H 0BE
United Kingdom
01-935-9292
Degree programs in conservation.

The Building Conservation Training Centre
Architectural Conservation Branch
English Heritage
429 Oxford Street
London W1R 2HD
United Kingdom
01705 580068
Courses and seminars in buildings, monuments, and architectural conservation and preservation.

Haute ecole dmarts appliques du canton de Neuchatel
Rue de la Paix 60
CH-2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland
+41 032 919 26 26
FAX +41 032 919 23 33
Degrees in conservation of industrial heritage and archaeological/ethnographic artifacts.

Heriot-Wyatt University
Edinburgh College of Art
School of Architecture
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Scotland
Masters degree in general architectural conservation.

History of Art with Materials Studies
Department of History of Art
University College London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7679 4598

ICCROM
Secretary of the Training Section
via di San Michele 13
Rome RM-00153
Italy
Certificate of attendance: courses in architectural conservation, scientific principles of conservation; wood conservation and stone conservation.

Institut Français de Restauration des Oeuvres d'Art (IFROA)
1, rue Berbier du Mets
75013 Paris
France
Program in conservation.

Institute of Archæology
University College London
3134 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
United Kingdom
01-387-7050
Degree program in conservation.

International Academic Projects
6 Fitzroy Square
London W1P 6DX
England
(44) 207 380 0800
FAX (44) 207 380 0500
Professional training in conservation of antiquities, archaeology, collections management and museum studies.

International Conservation Center - Old Acre
Saving the Stones Program - a 5 month international practical training internship in historical and archaeological conservation.

James Cook University of North Queensland
Material Culture Unit
Townsville, OLD 4811
Australia
Graduate Diploma of Museum Curatorship, Masters or PhD degrees.

Jeunesse et Patrimoine
Foundation Europeenne Culture
9 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
Paris F-75008
France
Short courses available in the Architectural Heritage Training Workshop.

La Cambre - École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture des Art Visuels
21, Abb. de la Cambre
1050 Bruxelles
Belgique
Program in conservation.

Laval University
Department of Architecture
Quebec, QUE G1K 7P4
Canada
Masters degree in architectural conservation.

Leicester Polytechnic
School of Architecture
PO Box 143
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
Post-graduate diploma in architectural building conservation.

London School of Picture and Frame Restoration
36 Lancaster Park
Richmond-upon-Thames
Surrey TW10 6AD
England
Painting conservation and restoration, Frame restoration, and gilding

Maîtrise en Sciences et Techniques de Conservation et Restauration (MST)
Université de Paris - 1 - Sorbonne
U.E.R. d'art et archéologie
3, rue Michelet
75006 Paris
France
Program in conservation.

National Centre for Cultural Heritage Science Studies
Faculty of Applied Science
University of Canberra
PO Box 1
Belconnen, ACT 2616
Australia
Program in conservation.

National Museum of Belgrade
Centre for Conservation
Trg Republike 1a
11000 Belgrade
Yugoslavia
Conservation of ceramics - theoretical lectures and practical training.

Oro e Colore
Via della Chiesa, 25
50125 Florence
Italy
+39 055 22 90 40
Workshops on the restoration of paintings and wooden objects

Queen's University
Art Conservation Programme
Art Centre Extension
Kingston, ONT K7L 3N6
Canada
(613) 545-2156
FAX (613) 545-6300
Bachelors and masters degree available in conservation and architectural conservation.

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
School of Conservation
Esplanaden 34
1263 Copenhagen K
Denmark
FAX 44-33-74-47-77
Degree program in art conservation.

Scottish Development Agency
Conservation Bureau
102 Telford Road
Edinburgh EH4 2NP
Scotland
Short term courses, conferences and seminars.

Sir Stanford Fleming College
Collections Conservation and Management Program
Sutherland Campus
Brealey Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7M8
Canada
(705) 743-5610
FAX (705) 749-5540
Diploma in art conservation techniques.

South African Institute for Objects Conservation
P.O. Box 122
Joubertina 6410
South Africa
+27 42 273 1567
Certificate courses and mid-career training in ceramics conservation.

Studio Art Centers International - Florence, Italy
Institute of International Education
SACI Coordinator
US Student Programs
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
FAX (212) 984-5325
Degree programs and training in conservation.

Technical Education Institute (TEI) of Athens
Ag. Spyridonos Str.
GR-12210-Egaleo/Athens
Greece
(+301) 5385100
FAX (+301) 5911590
Degree programs and training in conservation.

The Textile Conservation Centre
Apartment 22
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
United Kingdom
0181 977 4943
FAX 0181 977 9081
Training courses in conservation of textiles.

Université de Montreal
Faculté de l'aménagement
CP 6128, Station A
Montréal, QUE H3C 3J7
Canada
Masters degree of Applied Science - architectural conservation.

University College Dublin
Architecture, Townplan
Library Richview, Clouskea
Dublin 14
Ireland
Masters degree in architectural science in conservation studies.

University College London Qatar
PO Box 23689
Georgetown Building
Education City
Doha, Qatar
+974 4457 8680
MSc in Conservation Studies
Specialist short courses in conservation and heritage

University of Alberta
Textiles Analysis Service
301 Printing Service Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2N1
Canada
(403) 432-3832
Courses in conservation.

University of Calgary
Historical Resources Intern Program
Urban and Regional Research Lab
Faculty of Environmental Design
2500 University Drive, NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Canada
(403) 220-7426
FAX (403) 282-7298
Courses in conservation and restoration.

University of Glasgow
Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute
2 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom
Digitisation Summer School.

University of Sydney
Department of Museum Studies
Sydney, NSW 2003
Australia
Diploma in museum studies.

University of Toronto
Museum Studies Program
Robarts Library
Suite 6003
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
Canada
Masters degree of Museum Studies.

University of Victoria
Cultural Resource Management Program
Continuing Studies
PO Box 3030 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3M6
Canada
(604) 721-8462
FAX (604) 721-8774
Diploma in cultural conservation.

University of Wales Cardiff College
School of History and Archaeology
PO Box 909
Cardiff CF1 3XU
BSc in Archaeological Conservation.

University of Western Ontario
School of Library Science
Elborn College
London, ON N6G 1H1
Canada
(519) 661-3542
Courses in conservation.

University of York
Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies
King's Manor
York Y01 2EP
United Kingdom
Diploma courses and seminars.

West Dean College
West Dean, Chichester
West Sussex PO18 0QZ
United Kingdom
44 (0) 1243 811301
FAX 44 (0) 1243 811343
Diploma courses and post-graduate diploma courses in conservation.

The following provide information on art conservation-related training:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Becoming a Conservator.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Conservation Training in the United States, 1994.

Association for Preservation Technology International, APT Bulletin, annual special section on training.

Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN). Conferences and Training Listing.

Coleman, Christopher D.G., compiler, Preservation Education Directory, Seventh Edition, Chicago, IL: American Library Association, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 1995.

Conservation Online. Educational Opportunities in Museum, Library, and Archives Conservation/Preservation.

Global Museum Website. Museum Studies section.

International Council of Museums (ICOM) Training of Personnel COmmittee (ICTOP). Information.

International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group (IIC-CG), Directory of Members, annual listing in the back of the directory.

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmark Yellow Pages: All the names, addresses, facts, and figures you need in preservation, Preservation Press Publication, 1993, John Wiley & Sons Publishers.

National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC), Directory of Members, 1993.

Old-House Journal Restoration Directory, updated annually, Dovetale Publishers.

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of Natural History. Museum Training for Anthropology Students.

UKIC & Museums & Galleries Commission, The Conservation Unit, Training in Conservation: A Guide to Full-Time Courses in the United Kingdom, 1988.

US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, CRM: Cultural Resource Training Directory, annual special edition on training.

US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Historic Preservation News: Special supplement, annual special edition on training.

You can also try contacting local universities and colleges in:
Anthropology/archaeology department - Cultural resource management
Architecture department - architecture, historic preservation
Art/art history department - metals, ceramics, wood, etc.
History department - historic preservation
Home Economics/Textile department - textiles
Library & Information Science department - paper, photographs, books, audio-visual materials

Other sources of conservation training are your local museum or historical society or a local library.

This list is not all-inclusive.

The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make any warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organizations or other pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.

Compiled: Ann N'Gadi
Created: June 1996
Updated: September 2006

 

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