Metallography and Microstructure. A Summer School Course in Ancient and Historic Metals.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 to Friday, 6 July, 2018

University of Brighton, Hastings Campus, Havelock Street, Hastings, East Sussex. Monday July 2nd-Friday 6th July 2018.

This week-long course is designed to introduce or further develop knowledge of the microstructure of ancient metals and the practical application of metallography. Using prepared samples from the most extensive collection of mounted ancient metals in the world, course participants will learn how to sample, mount, polish, etch and interpret microstructural features.

The geographical spread of metals studied during the course encompasses: ancient Greece, Rome, European Bronze Age, Bronze Age China (Warring States to Tang in fact), Africa, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, England and Ireland. Lectures on a variety of case studies are included. A lecture on the Wealden Iron Industry will be given by Jeremy Hutchinson.

The location of the course in the centrally located Hastings campus of the University of Brighton, is a popular seaside destination with many cultural attractions including the Jerwood Gallery and various Museums.

Fee for course is 400 pounds sterling. Early booking is advisable due to the holiday trade in the summer months. There are many Airbnb, bed-and-breakfast choices and hotels in the area.
Booking: for booking up the course in 2018 please send an e-mail to:

Instructor: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, David A. Scott, is the former head of the Museum Research Laboratory, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Professor in the Department of Art History, UCLA, and Founding Director of the UCLA/Getty Conservation Programme. His 2002 book, Copper and Bronze in Art: Corrosion, Conservation, Colourants, won the award for the best Art/Scholarly book published in the USA in 2002. His latest book is Art: Authenticity, Restoration, Forgery, published in 2016. Professor Scott is the author of over 135 peer-reviewed papers and eight books.