Conservation of historic buildings and their contents: addressing the conflicts

Watt, David and Colston, Belinda (2003) Conservation of historic buildings and their contents: addressing the conflicts. Donhead. ISBN 1873394632

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Abstract

This book is a compilation of papers presented at the conference 'Where Conservation Meets Conservation: the interface between Historic Buildings and their Contents' in Leicester on 9 September 2002.
The conference, as reflected in its title, aimed to address the dichotomy that is too often present in planning and implementing works within the historic cultural environment, and considered the various layers of involvement and interaction that go to make what is an increasingly complex, inter-disciplinary activity.
From the intricacies of micro-conservation as appled to medieval wall paintings, to the macro-conservation level of addressing the problems of whole cities, conservation meets conservation at many levels. What has come from the conference is a challenge to all the work, on the one hand, with historic buildings and, on the other, with collections and contents. Bridges must be built between the various disciplines and a closer dialogue entered into at each and every opportunity. As our students are often told, 'conservation is easy – you just say 'no'. What is hard is to say 'yes' and make a difference'.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Additional Information:This book is a compilation of papers presented at the conference 'Where Conservation Meets Conservation: the interface between Historic Buildings and their Contents' in Leicester on 9 September 2002. The conference, as reflected in its title, aimed to address the dichotomy that is too often present in planning and implementing works within the historic cultural environment, and considered the various layers of involvement and interaction that go to make what is an increasingly complex, inter-disciplinary activity. From the intricacies of micro-conservation as appled to medieval wall paintings, to the macro-conservation level of addressing the problems of whole cities, conservation meets conservation at many levels. What has come from the conference is a challenge to all the work, on the one hand, with historic buildings and, on the other, with collections and contents. Bridges must be built between the various disciplines and a closer dialogue entered into at each and every opportunity. As our students are often told, 'conservation is easy – you just say 'no'. What is hard is to say 'yes' and make a difference'.
Keywords:Conservation, Historic buildings, Collections, Conservation science, Heritage risk management, bmjtype
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
W Creative Arts and Design > W160 Fine Art Conservation
F Physical Sciences > F110 Applied Chemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5104
Deposited By: Belinda Colston
Deposited On:26 Apr 2012 15:41
Last Modified:26 Apr 2012 15:41

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