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Deliberate damage, destruction and vandalism of cultural heritage

30 November 2011

Cultural extension or vandalism

Institute students undertaking the course on 'Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation' have designed posters highlighting aspects of the destruction of cultural heritage.

As part of their assessed work for this graduate course students were asked to design a poster communicating an aspect of deliberate damage to cultural heritage of their choice.

The following broad themes were suggested but students were encouraged to explore other possibilities as well:

  • Different kinds of vandalism/deliberate damage
  • Their motivations and/or implications
  • Common misunderstandings and oversimplifications surrounding these actions
  • The gap between how heritage professionals react to deliberate damage and the perceptions of the agents of these changes(and the groups they represent)
  • Relationships between deliberate damage and art
  • Roles deliberate damage may play in the understanding of the past/present
  • Prevention and responses

The posters may be viewed here»

The course on 'Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation' examines the nature and history of conservation of cultural heritage objects, and discusses practical, professional and ethical issues. It focuses on the role of conservation in museums and in related disciplines, and on the effects of political, cultural and institutional contexts on conservation practice.

Any enquiries about the posters or the course may be directed to Renata Peters.