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Workshop on the use of synthetic resins in the conservation of furniture and objects

  • Buckinghamshire New University High Wycombe Buckinghamshire (map)

This one day workshop will focus on the use of synthetic resins as coatings for use in the conservation of furniture and other related objects. Participants will learn how to mix and apply a range of coatings and will work on preparing their own sample boards for future reference.  

Places are limited to 15, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 


Icon member: £115
Student members: £105
Non members: £135

All materials are provided, and cost includes tea and coffee. Lunch not included.

Buckinghamshire New University
High Wycombe Campus
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ

To book, please visit the website


Tristram Bainbridge is a furniture conservator & lecturer working at the Victoria & Albert Museum and in private practice. He is Associate Tutor in furniture conservation at West Dean College.

Areas covered:

  • The use of synthetic resins as varnishes including Paraloid B-72, Regalrez 1126 and Laropal A81. Discussion of criteria for selecting appropriate resins.
  • Practical methods of application: choosing appropriate solvents, additives and stabilisers to create different varnish properties. Participants will make sample boards using the materials discussed.

There will be a presentation of case studies, historical use, comparison with shellac and other natural resins. Participants will also experiment with Gamblin Conservation Colours and receive a small sample set. 

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