Heritage Conservation and Social Engagement
Edited by Renata F. Peters, Iris L. F. den Boer, Jessica J. Johnson, and Susanna Pancaldo
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. As such, the book is relevant to a broad range of heritage conservation practitioners, local governments and heritage management authorities, as well as graduate and post-graduate students interested in cross-disciplinary conservation perspectives.
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 non-quantifiable and often uncontrollable nature of the variables 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. With dismay, we see an increasing number of people expressing backward sentiments in relation to inclusion, diversity and the most basic human rights. The heritage sector is responding strongly, however, as it has tools and ability 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.
3. The role of conservation education in reconciliation: the example of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage
5. Putting sustainability Into practice: the use of locally available materials in conservation
6. The ‘Open Lab Project’: addressing the skills deficit of volunteer community archaeologists in Lincolnshire, UK
Format: Open Access PDF
26 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: December 01, 2020