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By Hanna M. Szczepanowska

Conservation of Cultural Heritage covers the tools and practices wanted for destiny museum execs who can be operating in a number of capacities with museum collections and artifacts. It additionally assists present execs in realizing the advanced decision-making tactics that face conservators each day. the distinctiveness of this publication lies in correlating the elements of fabric technology and the behaviour of artifacts in a museum atmosphere. it is going to be of detailed profit to museum pros now not knowledgeable in conservation.

Covering a large variety of themes which are key to sound conservation within the museum, Conservation of Cultural Heritage is a crucial device for college students and execs alike in making sure that most sensible perform is within the protection of vital collections.

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Her invitation to join her class, first as a guest speaker and later, when her health failed, as a course instructor, was an honor for me. Designing the course posed an enormous challenge; it was an overview of all branches of conservation for which there is no comprehensive handbook. In addition, Carolyn’s original intention was to focus the teaching on anthropological artifacts, which brought to the fore sensitizing the students to seemingly opposing values of Western concepts of preserving material objects versus the spiritual, intangible heritage of aboriginal people.

The examination may be carried out purely for a scientific reason, treating an artifact as a primary source of information about a period, material, provenance, culture or any other aspect of its context. The choice of examination and testing methods, tools and equipment depends on the objective of that examination (see Chapter 3, pp. 52–61). ” “Acquisition and conservation still precede all other functions. Exhibitions, communicating and educating come only later in the conceptual order of things” (Donahue, 2004: 4).

A museum building is a physical structure that houses collections of objects – artworks or archaeological artifacts, natural history or ethnographic specimens. The definitions of each element, the museum, its function, collections, and their purpose, are evolving with time, reflecting our broadened knowledge gained with the development of technology aiding a better understanding of the context in which the artifacts were created. 4 General collection care practices MUSEUM – collection of objects Functions: care, preservation, education, exhibits Environment (building) Collection/objects RH Examination T Exhibits Environment (display cases) Materials of/in display cases Light Monitoring and controlling environment Surveys Protective/preventive measures Storage Environment (storage rooms) Materials of enclosures/supports Individual object reports Study collection Methods, tools, instruments Protective supports/enclosures Handling/ Relocation Conservation Collection treatment prioritization Conservation of individual objects Stabilization © Hanna Szczepanowska Chart 1: Museum; structure and function A museum, when viewed as a structure housing collections, poses some questions regarding its physical stability, the security of the collections within its walls, the accessibility of the building to visitors and researchers, and how well it is protected against potential natural and human-caused disasters.

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