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UvA Metals Conservation
Metal conservation. Photo: UvA.

Metals have played an important role throughout our material history, from the earliest civilizations to the present day. They were not only used to create tools and weapons, but also for decorative objects. Although metals are associated with strength and durability, they can be extremely fragile and often suffer from complex degradation mechanisms.

The metals conservation programme is one of the few programmes in the world that is entirely dedicated to metals. The programme offers a diverse array of workshops designed to develop a thorough knowledge of the specialisation, including archeological finds and historical objects.

The programme includes a strong practical component, giving insight into the characteristics of various metal alloys, the associated production, manufacturing process and decorative techniques. Practical training is given throughout the programme, often in combination with the study of related historical source material.