BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper

During this intensive and demanding book and paper artefacts conservation degree course, you will complete a challenging variety of complex live projects, working on cultural paper artefacts or books lent by leading public and private institutions as well as individual collectors. We will teach you to manage all phases of book and paper conservation practice, from examination, state-of-the-art analysis, proposal and documentation to the book and paper conservation treatment itself and future care recommendations.

This degree focuses on the conservation and restoration of paper artefacts, parchment, manuscripts and books.  It encompasses a wide range of artefacts from printed paper to delicate watercolours, illuminated manuscripts, maps and books of various materials and construction, projects may even include paper-covered globes and paper-constructed models.


The two-year Diploma of Higher Education Conservation: Books & Paper, covers the same specialist syllabus as the first two years of the BA (Hons) programme. This provides a good alternative option if you would prefer to study for a shorter period or would like to enhance existing skills and knowledge. Find out more about the Diploma of Higher Education on an open day or email us at

These courses are validated by Ravensbourne University London.

From September 2024, this course will be validated by Arts University Bournemouth.


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