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In addition to theoretical lectures and seminars on the methods and materials of conservation and restoration, students are familiarised with historical techniques and materials in practical exercises from the very first semesters. The aim is to sharpen their eye when examining works of art. The skills of object identification, conceptualisation and practical implementation of conservation and restoration measures are initially acquired on selected small objects with a lower degree of difficulty.

The variety of wooden objects from the surrounding museums, castles, churches and manor houses that have been worked on so far is large and ranges from chests, console tables, chairs and cupboards to fireplace screens, music stands, epitaphs, mirror and painting frames from the 15th – 19th centuries to pietra dura works, Boulle marquetry or musical instruments and optical devices made of wood as well as Bauhaus furniture from the 20th century. A large number of different materials and techniques are examined. The solutions for repairing damage are just as varied.

As an introduction to practical heritage conservation, a module is regularly offered in which a joint project is worked on in situ over several project days. By working on site, the environmental conditions of the object can be directly incorporated into the work, which in turn makes it easier to understand the problem.

In the Master's programme, students can delve deeper into specific issues of conservation/restoration, deal with special techniques and materials and work on projects with complicated problems. Here, students usually work in smaller or larger working groups on a more extensive project from the field of monument conservation, which deals with building history studies, inventory and damage surveys and the development of restoration concepts as well as exemplary realisations. However, a self-contained technological investigation with accompanying scientific analyses and subsequent practical implementation of the concept can also be practised on an individual object.

With this complex training, graduates are able, depending on the inclination developed during their studies, to take on larger monument conservation projects as well as to work on art objects with special surface finishes in terms of conservation and restoration.

Projects in the study programme Wood

Project work is a key component of the degree programme Conservation and Restauration. We often work together with our cooperation partners - either in our workshops on campus or directly on site in the region.

Vorzustand der Biedermeier Kommode

Wood | Restoration of a Piece of Biedermeier Furniture from a Private Collection

The object to be restored is a chest of drawers whose exact origin is unknown. It was probably produced in northern Germany. Stylistically, the furniture can be assigned to the Biedermeier period.

Strohmarketeriebild der Stadt Schillingsfürst

Wood | The Panorama of the Town of Schillingsfürst in Straw Marquetry

The straw marketer's picture shows a view of the town of Schillingsfürst on the Franconian Heights in the 19th century. The special technique involves assembling coloured pieces of straw into a scenic representation.

Biedermeier-Tisch mit Stützkonstruktion im Vorzustand

Wood | Round Biedermeier Table from the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin

The table with a round tabletop was probably made during the Biedermeier period and, in addition to classical features of the era, also shows Gothic influences.

Bild der Lacktafelwand im Labor- und Werkstattgebäude der FH Potsdam

Wood | Investigation of the Ageing of Binders in Wood Preservation

As part of the Art Technology and Working Techniques module, students have been working with selected recipes of coating materials from the 19th century, interpreting them and implementing them as accurately as possible.

Impressions from the study programme Wood


Student counselling

Prof. Dr. Angelika Rauch

Prof. Dr. Angelika Rauch

Professor for Conservation and Restoration – Wood

Workshop management

Dipl.-Rest. Jörg Weber

Dipl.-Rest. Jörg Weber

Workshop Manager Conservation and Restoration – Wood


The consultation takes place with Prof. Dr Angelika Rauch.

Counselling appointments:

Mondays, 5 - 6 pm:

18th March 2024
15th April 2024
17th June 2024
15th July 2024

Thursdays, 9 - 10 am:

25th April 2024
09th May 2024
13th June 2024
11th July 2024

Registration by e-mail to

Meeting point: Entrance to the laboratory and workshop building, between House A and House D