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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

2008 David Harris Conservation Conference

April 4, 2008
10.30am-5.30pm
Lecture Theatre (Room 101), Commercial Road

The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design is delighted to announce that The 2008 David Harris Conference will take place on Friday 4th April from 10:30am to 5.30pm. This year’s conference line-up includes speakers from the UK, Poland and France who will speak on a variety of fascinating topics.

Following the keynote speech by Filomena Jean, Formerly of Ecole d’Apprentisage, Paris, Tanya Pollard, a conservator at the Natural History Museum will give a presentation on the conservation of human remains. Roland Fevrier and Gerard Albeza will discuss their work in Gilding and Furniture Conservation at The Palace of Versailles. In the afternoon, Rafal Pioro, who is Head of Conservation at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, will give a talk on the practical and ethical issues related to the conservation of Auschwitz -Birkenau. There will also be presentations by the Colchester and Ipswich Museums service, The Royal Collection (by a third year student who has worked there on placement) and a concluding address by the chair of the David Harris Foundation trustees.

The David Harris Conservation Conference has been an annual event, staged at the Commercial Road Building of the university, since 1997. It was initiated by the academic leader for conservation, Ed Gregory, as a memorial to David Harris, a second year undergraduate who tragically died in 1996.

The conference brings together speakers, drawn from all aspects of the conservation profession, including ex-students of Londonmet, to speak on a wide range of conservation issues, reflecting the broad range of interests held by David himself. Recent years have seen speakers from the museums and commercial conservation sectors from the UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, Germany and the USA, speak on subjects as varied as; conservation of outdoor metals, of lead sculpture, furniture, marquetry, lacquerware, gilded objects and sustainability in artefact conservation.

Talking about this year’s event, Academic Leader Ed Gregory said "I’m delighted to have such an exciting and varied programme this year. By inviting speakers from the UK and overseas the conference seeks to maintain an international flavour and introduce the audience to as wide a range of current practice as possible. I look forward to welcoming staff, students and visitors to what promises to be our best conference yet."

Admission to the David Harris conference is £5.00 / £3.00 for students.

2008 David Harris Conference programme

For further details please contact e.gregory@londonmet.ac.uk

The conference post prints are published each year by Archetype Books and are available from Ed Gregory at the University.


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