The UP Arts Objects Conservation facility works within the Department of UP Arts conserving the art and heritage collections of the University of Pretoria.
The facility’s mission is to serve the University by advancing the understanding of the science of interventive objects-conservation and communicating the results of objects-based research to all audiences through publication and exhibition, as well as providing a practical training ground for students. The facility is headed by two objects conservators: Sian Tiley-Nel, Chief Curator of the Mapungubwe Collection, and Isabelle Barrier Objects Conservator. Although both are trained as archaeologists, they are also trained heritage conservators, serving as members of the South African Guild of Ceramic Conservators and Restorers.
The facility services all the UP Art and Heritage Collections, predominantly those of the Mapungubwe collection, Edoardo Villa collection, Anton Van Wouw collection and the Van Tilburg collection, as well as the University of Pretoria’s vast other permanent collections. The conservation facility offers specialised preventative and interventive conservation (remedial) treatment, including professional advice on a range of materials from low-fired ceramics, including porcelain and china, stone, bone, ivory, glass, metals, to plaster. Professional museum collections management practices such as conservation of storage and displays are also managed by the Facility, which also serves as an official heritage curation facility. The UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility also provides a public service for the restoration of ceramics, metals, stone and other types of materials and offers specialist advise on heritage obejcts conservation.
University of Pretoria honours the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 12/12/2013
The University of Pretoria joined the world in mourning the passing, on 5 December 2013, of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, staff and students of the University attended a memorial service in the Musaion. Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu (Chancellor), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Mr Leo Haese (Chairperson of the Convocation) were also in attendance.
Prof Brenda Wingfield received A-rating from NRF - 10/12/2013
Prof Brenda Wingfield, a researcher of high international standing received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), effective from 2014. She is also the first women in the Faculty to receive this rating.
This achievement is even more exceptional because both she and her husband, Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will now be A-rated scientists in the same faculty.
Prof Wingfield is the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) for the 2012 to 2016 cycle. She is also the Secretary General of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
CGIS student wins prestigious Isibalo award - 06/12/2013
Stefan de Bruin, a BSc (Hons)( Geoinformatics) student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) at the University of Pretoria was awarded first prize in the category Best Student Project at the first annual Isibalo Award Evening on 4 December 2013.