The Ahhichattragarh Fort and Palace Complex at Nagaur in Rajasthan is famous for its stunning complex of palaces and gardens. Under the direction of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II, since the 1990s it has been the subject of major conservation initiatives, including award-winning conservation of the site. In 2005, conservation of the exquisite schemes of wall painting began by The Courtauld Institute, and continues with the support of the Leon Levy Foundation.
All three partners aim further to develop Nagaur as a centre of conservation excellence. Thus, in 2013 the Leon Levy Foundation provided generous funding to establish a well-equipped Centre for Conservation Studies that includes facilities for both teaching and conservation. As well as laboratories for materials analysis, microscopy, and digital imaging, there is a conference and teaching hall.
An initial programme of conservation studies is offered in February—March 2014. Generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation, specialist courses will provide knowledge and skills essential to conservation decision-making and practice. Courses are taught by experts and will include both theory and hands-on practice appropriate for conservation on site, and of objects and collections. Additional support has been provided by the Aldama Foundation through their generous provision of specialist training equipment. Teaching and examination is in English. Each course will be examined and participants will receive a certificate for courses successfully completed.
The five specialist conservation courses are designed to cover various essential investigative, recording, and assessment measures, while an additional course covers the recording and saving of accurate colour digital images.
We expect to draw participants from South Asia, including both experienced conservators and those at entry-level. There is no course fee, and the Mehrangarh Museum Trust is generously providing accommodation and meals in Nagaur Fort, as well as transport to and from Jodhpur.
An application form can be found here. Some financial support for travel costs to and from Jodhpur is available and your request should be included on the application as #5.
Application Deadline: Friday 3 January 2014
Programme Dates: Sunday 23 February — Saturday 22 March 2014
Language: Teaching and examination is in English
Location: Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan, RJ 341001, India