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The Cultural Significance of Patina G (11161.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (193951) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184484) - View

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This unit will explore the cultural assumptions that influence what is defined as patina, dirt or accretions, and how decisions to remove this material impact on both the cultural significance and physical condition of heritage structures and objects. The unit will introduce students to the key methods and practices for removing dirt from a range of materials, and students completing this unit will be able to both articulate the reasons for removing accretions, and to select and perform appropriate cleaning techniques for heritage structures and objects.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and document dirt and accretions on historic objects and structures, and evaluate their impact on cultural significance, physical condition and intended use of the heritage;

2. Apply appropriate techniques for the cleaning of cultural heritage materials, through practical exercises and projects; and

3. Develop and implement effective and sustainable conservation treatment plans for heritage objects and structures.

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Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture, face-to-face or online, and one 2 hour workshop on-campus per week.


Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 48 credit points.



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