Cumbria and Lancashire have a rich supply of antiques experts, able to give you guidance and advice on everything from dating a Jacobean chest to Restoring a Victorian balloon back dining chair . Now, Lancashire residents can become Antiques Masters themselves – with an MA in Antiques from UcLan, the University of Lancashire.
Unlike some other masters degrees, the course is based on distance learning, meaning you can study in your own time, without travelling to Preston. However, if you don’t know an antique balloon backed dining chair from a mahogany fauteille, you may need to have a rethink. Forget about knowing how to clean silverware, or naming the parts of an antique desk. Cumbrian students will need to have knowledge of everything from Arts & Crafts furniture to WMF-plated tableware. Subjects taught include the Aesthetic Movement; Bauhaus; dating porcelain; Egyptian-style Victorian dining chairs ; Mediaevalism; Robert Adam and Lancashire’s own Robert Gillows. The list numbers at least 64 different topics – and that’s just in the first year!
However, for those who have caught the “antique bug”, and won’t be satisfied until they know a Dickens writing bureau from a Victorian oak partners desk , this Lancashire course has much to recommend it. Content is delivered in modular form, with no final exams, and online tutor support is supplied. Despite its postgraduate provenance, no formal entry qualifications are required; experience in the field being just as relevant.
That doesn’t mean owning an auction room, or years working at an antique dealers in Preston. A love of antique desks might be all you need. That, and a knowledgeable antique dealer to buy them from.
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