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Dan Porter, 2015/16

MA Preventive Conservation, University of Northumbria

I am currently a first year student on the MA in Preventive Conservation at Northumbria University. The MA course has covered several technical aspects of conservation practice and these have complemented hands-on experience gained through placements, training, conferences, and workshops.

Recent projects have included rehousing and relocating an archaeology collection, an on-going collections review and condition survey (everything from Romano-British pottery to Peter Cushing's armchair), and several projects preparing objects for exhibition.

The Scholarship from The Anna Plowden Trust has made a huge difference: it enabled me to continue my studies in preventive conservation. Without the Trust's support this would not have been possible. After graduation I hope to secure a placement within a museum or archive in the UK.