Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Modern Material Artefacts MSc

Background and aims

Background and aims

Historical synthetic material artefacts are increasing in number and range across museum and archive collections worldwide. Understanding the significance, degradation and ethical care of these modern heritage challenges requires new specialist skills and knowledge. Heritage professionals, organisations, and governing bodies like the International Council of Museums, International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and Institute of Conservation (Icon) recognise this need for those in, or entering, the heritage profession.

While there are dedicated academic programmes for modern materials in contemporary and modern art, none exist specifically for artefacts. The Modern Material Artefacts programme responds to this call and has been developed following an extensive consultation with curators, scientists, conservators and collection managers by the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, funded by the Textile Conservation Foundation with additional support from The Clothworkers Foundation.