Antiques dealer Henry Sandon picked up an honorary masters degree at the University of Worcester last week and it would seem that the antiques trade is finally being recognised by academic institutions as a subject worth its full scrutiny.
Although an honorary master’s degree, Henry Sandon amazes us all on the Antiques Roadshow with his knowledge about Worcester and anything else made of porcelain or pot that is presented in front of him. Of course the University of Worcester recognise this and his earlier years as curator at the Dyson Perrins Museum now the Worcester Porcelain Museum which keeps many important pieces from the Worcester Porcelain Factory; this is also where he learned his trade. Although an expert in Worcester Porcelain particularly, Henry was originally an archaeologist and has a vast knowledge that also covers pottery and porcelain from all ages and countries.
There are a couple of universities that actually do degrees in antiques in the UK such as Southampton as part of their Art, Culture and Society Scheme, and a Foundation degree in Antiques and Design at the University of Teesside.
Another much further afield is at the College for Appraisers in California which offers an academic degree in antiques appraisal. The degrees at Southampton Solent hope to produce a well rounded degree which provides the student with not only critical analytical skills but also the skills needed for accurate identification and valuation of antiques to enable students to pursue successful careers in the arts and antiques world.
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