Preserving What Is Valued

Preserving What Is Valued

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Preserving What Is Valued explores the concept of preserving heritage. It presents the conservation profession's code of ethics and discusses four significant contexts embedded in museum conservation practice: science, professionalization, museum practice, and the relationship between museums and First Nations peoples. Museum practice regarding handling and preservation of objects has been largely taken as a given, and it can be difficult to see how these activities are politicized. Clavir argues that museum practices are historically grounded and represent values that are not necessarily held by the originators of the objects. She first focuses on conservation and explains the principles and methods conservators practise. She then discusses First Nations people's perspectives on preservation, quoting extensively from interviews done throughout British Columbia, and comparing the British Columbia situation with that in New Zealand. In the face of cultural repatriation issues, museums are attempting to become more culturally sensitive to the original owners of objects, forming new understandings of the qright waysq of storage and handling of materials. Miriam Clavir's work is important for museum professionals, conservators, those working with First Nations collections in auction houses and galleries, as well as students of sociology and anthropology.[throughout code] aquot;Assessment, preventive measures, treatments, restorationaquot; ( NZPCG 1995, Services, p. ... All interventions must be preceded by a methodical and scientific examination aimed at understanding the object in all its aspectsa€ ( ICOM 1984, Sec. ... 13) aquot;May involve, in increasing extent of intervention: nonintervention, maintenance, stabilisation, repair, restoration, reconstruction or adaptationa€anbsp;...

Title:Preserving What Is Valued
Author: Miriam Clavir
Publisher:UBC Press - 2012-03-01

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