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Dirt and Cleaning: Philosophy and Techniques (9476.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice


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    This unit will explore the theory of how dirt is culturally and scientifically defined and the impact of removing dirt on both the cultural 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 heritage objects.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate the ability to carry out a range of observations and techniques, and the use of a variety of laboratory equipment;

    2. Assess and record dirt and accumulated accretions on historic artefacts and structures;

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the process, impact and significance of dirt and accumulated accretions and how this is related to cleaning processes; and

    4. Demonstrate through practical exercises an understanding of the techniques involved in the cleaning of cultural heritage materials.

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