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Conservation of Materials Laboratory II (HP482L) Spring 2004, Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, SAAHP 206 and lab (TBA).


 Lecture, lab and field-based course


Philip Cryan Marshall, Associate Professor
Tel. 508.951.8562, E-mail pmarshall@rwu.edu
Office: Engineering 130

Office Hours

Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance. Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting — to provide enough time to consider carefully your work before getting together.


Through lectures, reading, site visits, workshops, and laboratory exercises, this course will address the professional role of the architectural conservator in the preservation of historic structures. Specifically, this course will examine the composition, properties, uses and conservation of traditional building systems and materials related to wood, glass, and metals.

The syllabus includes a detailed list of lecture subjects. The “laboratory” classes have been developed in conjunction with lectures. The laboratory classes include labs, site visits to projects, restoration businesses, workshops, and other sites.

Required reading will be assigned in advance and will be supplemented with handouts, bibliographies, and assignments. Students are expected to have each week’s assignments completed before the class as you will be expected to analyze and discuss the readings.

Assignments handed in after their due date will be reduce by one letter grade, at a minimum; papers will not be accepted beyond a week after the due date; and ‘incomplete’ for the course will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances and a request for an extension presented in writing.



Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives are to explore the interrelationship of scientific, artistic, historical, preservation, and related disciplines and the way they come to bear on the understanding and conservation of historical materials and techniques. There is an emphasis on the relationship between academic studies, research, laboratory experiments, feild experience, and professional practice.


  • Course lecturers, with discussion
  • Course readings, followed by class discussion
  • Course readings, followed by independent analysis
  • Course readings, followed by quizzes
  • Team-oriented class conservation assessment of sites
  • Independent, self-directed documentation of a particular site
  • Guest lecturers, field trips, and visits to specialists -- with your active participation in discussion
  • Site visits, conducted independently by students, alone or as a
  • Site visits, conducted by the entire class

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend all classes, site visits, and field trips
  • Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
  • Actively participate in class discussions
  • Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  • Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs
  • Come to site visits prepared, with necessary tools, equipment, and supplies


Readings are primarily Web based. You must print out hard copies of all assigned reading before their due date. You are expected to use the printouts for highlighting, making marginal notes and comments, and identifying issues, subjects and questions you wish to discuss. Carefully organize readings, assignments and other material in your course binder(s), which will be handed in.


Refer to Assignments.


Refer to Schedule.