The Arts & Crafts Movement and its Influence on Design and Preservation

Tuesday 20 March 2018


The course

The Arts & Crafts Movement is, like the designed landscape park, one of Britain’s great contributions to the international art movements of the late 19th century and onwards. Some Arts & Crafts architects and craftspeople were still around and working in the 1950s! The influence of such organisations as the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Art Workers’ Guild continues to be profound. The Weald & Downland Museum with its emphasis on traditional materials, traditional techniques and even traditional tools in its collections is almost the perfect place
to study and reflect on these issues.

The tutor

Peter was Professor of Cultural Management at the Brandenburg Technical University, Germany (2007-2012) located in the Centre for World Heritage Studies which was part of the Department of Architectural Conservation. From 2002 to 2007, he was Director of Conservation for the National Trust for Scotland.

Prior to this, Peter was Director of the Centre for Conservation Studies (CCS) at the University of York in 1990-2002. The CCS is now forty years old and in July 2012 there was an inspiring conference to celebrate its many successes at which Peter Burman gave a paper on historic gas lighting and its role in urbanism.

Following a degree in History of Art at Cambridge and participation in the Mural Paintings Conservation Course at ICCROM (International Centre for Conservation) in Rome, Peter spent two decades as first deputy and then head of the two national bodies for churches and cathedrals at that time, effectively as ‘Conservation Officer’ and their CEO.

He has engaged in many missions to other countries during which he has advised the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand, Indian National Trust for Art & the Cultural Heritage (INTACH, India), Croatia (but for the Council of Europe), National Trust of Australia, Society for the Protection of New England Antiquities (USA), Conservation Institute in Tokyo (Japan), Archaeological Institute of Cheng-Du (China). He is a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Theory & Practice of Conservation.

Participant information

Participants might what to bring a notepad or paper.

Fee and refreshments

£75 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. Vegetarian refreshments will be provided, if you have any other dietary requirements please let the Museum know in advance.


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