Frequently asked questions...

Frequently asked questions...

What is heritage science?

Heritage science, simply put, comprises all elements of science (analytical techniques, for example) which are mobilized to increase one's understanding of heritage objects. The results are primarily used to guide such objects' conservation, interpretation or management within the context of a private conservation studio, or a research or heritage institution.

What makes a good conservator?

Apart from the academic prerequisites, a number of personal traits can be recognized today as being indicative of a candidate's basic suitability to a career in conservation: At the simplest level, a basic enjoyment of “fixing things” is an endorsement. Does the individual enjoy solving puzzles - or overcoming technical problems? Conservation proves thrilling, in that case: The challenges are extremely varied and fresh. It also helps if the candidate enjoys cleaning – referring to the meticulous, skilled removal of dirt or soiling from a variety of surfaces, both at macro- and microscopic level. Dexterity, curiosity, an intense focus and a tolerance for sustained, solitary work are all valuable strengths within this profession!

Twee Riviere? Why develop a postgraduate programme for presentation within this rural, valley setting?

For the graduate and serious student of conservation, such an environment – set aside to the pursuit of study and a degree of mastery - offers an ideal opportunity for a life-changing and immersive, professional commitment. The geographic setting and the programme's 10-month duration (which includes two trimester breaks) can prove ideal for the purpose.

How many students does the Institute have?

The programme represents a highly selective offer. Upon launch, this desirable and specialized opportunity will be extended to a maximum of ten postgraduate students annually, more commonly fewer. In fact, the number of institutional staff will routinely exceed that of students.