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Dirt and Cleaning: Philosophy and Techniques (8941.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Humanities



    This unit will explore the theory of how dirt is culturally defined and understood and the impact of removing dirt on both the significance and physical condition of the object. The unit will introduce students to the methods and practice of removing dirt from a range of historic materials. Students completing this unit will be able to articulate the reasons for removing dirt from objects, and to select and perform appropriate cleaning techniques on historic objects.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. assess and record dirt and acuminated accretions on historic artefacts and structures;

    2. demonstrate an understanding of the process, impact and significance of dirt and acuminated accretions and how this is related to cleaning processes;

    3. demonstrate through practical exercises and work on cultural heritage materials an understanding of the techniques involved in the cleaning of cultural heritage materials.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week





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    Equivalent Units

    8499 Conservation Theory and Practice 3

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