A maven of art restoration and art advocacy for the visually impaired, Diana Haydock ’09 is off to find worlds of experience in graduate school at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) at Newcastle University, located in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. There, Haydock will earn her Masters of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management, which will train her on the very latest approaches to restoring and protecting cultural sites, both historic works of art and architectural structures.
Thinking back to what made her choose Newcastle, Haydock explained that, “As soon as I discovered Newcastle, I knew it was a perfect fit, and as I began writing to professors and faculty, I felt comfortable and already a part of their family.”
However, Haydock is no stranger to learning abroad. In fact, this will be her third abroad experience. As a student at HWS, Haydock received two funded abroad research experiences. While studying abroad in Rome during the spring of her junior year, Haydock used a Seay Grant that she had been awarded to design Braille thermoform images of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiora. During the previous summer, Haydock worked for the Stamperia Braille using Braille and plastic thermoform technology to extend the arts to the visually impaired through studio art and museum exhibitions.
Putting her new institution into context, Haydock explained that, “Newcastle sort of reminds me of HWS on a larger scale. Within the past few months, dealing with accommodation applications and scholarships, the administration already knows me by name.”
Looking forward to meeting her new “family” in person, Haydock is anxious to work with the amazing resources such as museums and libraries that will be at her fingertips. The faculty and staff are curators, historians, writers, involved in business and are cultural policy makers. The department is internationally renowned and has networks world-wide for students to tap into.
In addition to its stellar networks and resources, Newcastle will also provide Haydock with a first-rate academic experience. She will take courses as an overview of the cultural and heritage sector which includes the history, development, and philosophy of culture, heritage, art and museum studies.
Planning into her future years at Newcastle, Haydock explained that, “After the Fall semester, there is a ‘Museum Gallery and Heritage Placement’ where I will get the opportunity to work for a local, national or even international organizations to get real world experience in the sector. In the spring, I will begin to write my dissertation.”
Whether it’s in guiding her dissertation or leading the lectures that she will attend, Haydock explained Newcastle’s pedagogical approach by explain that, “In the curriculum they stress business ethics and laws about heritage management. Organization and professionalism are key, especially in learning about how to interact with audiences of the art world.”
But Haydock is also interested in impacting more than just the art world with her education. “Through Newcastle’s program, I feel that I can make a difference globally, especially concerning the restitution of art objects and the protection of immobile intellectual property such as architecture and monuments,” she said.
“Who knows, this experience may encourage me to continue my education at law school, specializing in Art Law. I truly feel that after August 2010, my career possibilities will be endless!”