Heritage Conservation and Social Engagement

Edited by Renata F. Peters, Iris L. F. den Boer, Jessica S. Johnson, and Susanna Pancaldo

ISBN: 9781787359208

Publication: December 08, 2020

What is this?

Heritage Conservation and Social Engagement explores different kinds of engagement, participation, access, and creative use of resources motivated by the practice of conservation, and offers ethical and practical perspectives from which to approach cultural heritage projects.

The chapters are structured around the themes of engagement and participation, with an emphasis on the value of cross-disciplinary collaborations and the adoption of more encompassing approaches to conservation decision-making. The authors explore the complexities of these collaborations, which are often influenced by the colonial baggage of museums and whose effectiveness vary according to context, objectives, methods and resources available. Given the variable nature of the factors involved, providing evidence for the beneficial impacts of engagement is not always a straightforward task. For a strong body of evidence to be formed, it is essential that conservators continue to create spaces to debate methods that may open new frontiers.

Efforts to promote inclusion and engagement through museum collections and the broader heritage sector are becoming even more socially relevant, as in recent years we have observed a rise in intolerance towards minority groups in traditionally democratic societies. The heritage sector is responding strongly, however, as it has the tools to help fight prejudices that are invariably based on misinformation or manipulation of facts. This book joins these efforts, in the knowledge that nothing can be done without dialogue and engagement.

Renata F. Peters is Associate Professor in Conservation at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

Iris L. F. den Boer has an MA in Classical Archaeology from Leiden University and an MA in Principles of Conservation from UCL.

Jessica S. Johnson is the Head of Conservation at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute.

Susanna Pancaldo is a Conservator of Objects (Metals) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

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Renata F. Peters

1. Conservation and engagement: transforming and being transformed
Renata F. Peters

2. Conservation and collaboration: a discussion
Miriam Clavir

3. The role of conservation education in reconciliation: the example of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage
Jessica S. Johnson, Kim Cullen Cobb and Brian Michael Lione

4. Community involvement in built heritage conservation: the case study of the Birzeit Historic Centre Rehabilitation Project, Palestine
Anna Teresa Ronchi

 5. Putting sustainability Into practice: the use of locally available materials in conservation
Flavia Ravaioli

 6. The ‘Open Lab Project’: addressing the skills deficit of volunteer community archaeologists in Lincolnshire, UK
Craig Spence

 7. Cultural heritage conservation and public benefits: effectiveness of Kenya’s legal and administrative framework
Gilbert Wafula

8. Learning from archives: integrating preservation and access
Nancy Bell and Dinah Eastop

 9. Objects And Wellbeing: a personal view
Elizabeth Pye


Format: Open Access PDF

26 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787359208

Publication: December 08, 2020

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