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Mr Guy De Witte

Where are you from?


Why did you choose Northumbria University Newcastle?

It is the first University I have known that organizes this course by distance learning.  I researched the university on the web and it seemed to have a good reputation.  My experience of the university once I enrolled reinforced this,

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming?

On-line contact with students and staff was OK, and everyone was friendly and helpful.

Who has helped you the most since you came to Northumbria?

My lecturer Jean Brown.

Who has inspired you the most at Northumbria University?

Jean Brown.

What is the best thing about your course?

This is difficult to answer as it was an overall satisfying experience.  Although most contact was done online, you still felt like you were at home at the university because of the friendly contact with peers and teaching staff.  My course was also taught to a professional standard.

What are the most valuable lessons you have learned to date?

Lifelong learning is important in our field; only professional training and work can you reach the top.

What do you want to do in the future?  What skills have you learned/improved that you think will be of most use in your future career?

Even at my age (61) I would still like to do two things that are professionally related.  The first is to do a professional doctorate and I would like to be able to develop preventative conservation policy at government level.

Have you worked on any projects with businesses or been on a placement?  What were your most memorable experiences?

I am currently involved in project management for the museums and archives, this includes building new low energy storage rooms, developing institutional policies, coaching removal of collections and doing risk assessments for cultural heritage institutions.  I am also teaching preventative conservation to heritage staff and to upcoming archivists and librarians at university level.  I am also involved in nanotechnology research for conservation.  As a result of my thesis I was asked to give a lecture at the British Museum at the 'Going Green Conference', in 2009.  This for me was the cherry on the cake.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course/undertake field trips?  If so please tell us about them.

I am travelling within Belgium and also outside of the country as necessary for my job.  I am also actively involved with the Ligatus Project of Nicholas Pickwood and member of the research team of the Saint Catherine Foundation (Library of Saint-Catherine Monastery of Egypt).  Since 2000 I am also accredited conservator-restorer with Icon (UK).

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

Do it!

How do you feel you changed as a person since being at Northumbria University Newcastle?

Before my study I was mainly specialised in paper and books.  Doing the course widened my filed and made me more confident in tackling projects.  I am still growing into the role every day.

If you had three words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Quality, efficiency and respect.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Yes and Yes!

For more information about me visit:

Linkedln Profile - Guy De Witte - Click "tentoonstellingen" then click "over preventieve conservatie van oude drukken" then click the link at the bottom to see the complete brochure in PDF concerning one of the projects I initiated and managed completely.





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