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Author Caple, Chris

Title Conservation Skills : Judgement, Method and Decision Making
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012
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Contents Cover -- Conservation Skills Judgement, method and decision making -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of figures -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Perception, judgement and learning -- 1.1 Introduction -- 1.2 The nature of perception, understanding and learning -- 1.3 Limitations and biases in perception and judgement -- 1.4 Judgement in conservation -- 1.5 Teaching and learning -- 1.6 Improving judgement -- 2 Reasons for preserving the past -- 2.1 The importance of the past -- 2.2 The importance of preserving the past -- 2.3 Reasons for presenting the past -- 2.4 The truth in the objects of the past
10 In working condition -- 10.1 Preserving the sounds, smells and movements of the past -- 10.2 Museums of working objects -- 10.3 Museum objects with differing function and status -- 10.4 Objects in working order -- 10A Case study: The Forth Bridge -- 11 Preventive conservation -- 11.1 Preventive conservation -- 11.2 Storage -- 11.3 Black-box standard -- 11.4 Preservation through legislation: Buried objects -- 11.5 Preservation through legislation: Historic object -- 11.6 Preservation in situ -- 11A Case study: The Laetoli footprints -- 12 Decisions -- 12.1 The nature of decision
2.5 Destroying the past -- 2.6 Visitors and tourists -- 2A Case study: The De Walden Collection -- 3 The nature of conservation -- 3.1 Objects as historic documents and aesthetic entities -- 3.2 Conservation: A definition -- 3.3 Revelation, investigation, preservation (RIP) -- 3.4 Context -- 3.5 The conservation process -- 3.6 The sequence of interventive conservation -- 3A Case study: The Statue of Liberty -- 4 History of conservation -- 4.1 History of museums and collections -- 4.2 History of conservation -- 4A Case study: The Portland Vase -- 5 Conservation ethics -- 5.1 Ethical codes
5.2 True nature -- 5.3 Reversibility -- 5.4 Minimum intervention -- 5.5 Pragmatism and prioritization: The money ethic -- 5.6 Stewardship -- 5.7 Implementing ethics -- 5A Case study: Colonial Williamsburg Garden -- 6 Objects: Their recording and investigation -- 6.1 Purpose and nature of recording -- 6.2 A conservation record -- 6.3 The object -- 6.4 Scientific analysis -- 6A Case study: Benwell Box -- 7 Cleaning -- 7.1 Cleaning -- 7.2 Acting on aesthetic impulses -- 7.3 Soiling -- 7.4 Original surface -- 7.5 Cleaning: Where to stop -- 7.6 Cleaning paintings -- 7.7 Damage during cleaning
7.8 Cleaning: The decision -- 7A Case study: The Sistine Chapel -- 8 Stabilization -- 8.1 The nature of stabilization -- 8.2 The nature of stability -- 8.3 Stability of materials -- 8.4 Recording versus stabilization -- 8.5 Health and safety -- 8A Case study: Lindow Man -- 9 Restoration -- 9.1 Restoration as a philosophy -- 9.2 Definition of terms -- 9.3 The development of restoration -- 9.4 The purpose, acceptability and extent of restoration -- 9.5 Variations in approach -- 9.6 Where to stop -- 9A Case study: Sutton Hoo Helmet -- 9B Case study: Hans Holbein's painting The Ambassadors
Summary Conservation Skills provides an overview of the issues facing conservators of historic and artistic works. It not only describes the nature of conservation but also provides an ethical framework to which the conservation of objects can be related. Drawing on case studies of well-known objects such as the body of Lindow Man and the Statue of Liberty it addresses the following issues: * perception, judgement and learning * reasons for preserving the past * the nature and history of conservation * conservation ethics * recording, investigating, cleaning objects * stabilisation and restoration * p
Subject Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Cultural property -- Protection.
Historic preservation.
Historic sites -- Conservation and restoration.
Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Cultural property -- Protection.
Historic preservation.
Historic sites -- Conservation and restoration.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 113465944X
9781134659449