Conservation

Conservation of material heritage concerns diagnosis and management of change in heritage artifacts. It involves investigation of both materials and significance (meaning) of artifacts and the changes affecting them. Managing change involves remedial conservation (seeking to repair or ameliorate existing damage) and preventive conservation (aiming to prevent or minimise future change). Thus research focuses on material aspects as in evaluation and development of investigative, remedial and preventive procedures. It also explores questions such as:  Why conserve? Is all change undesirable?  How does meaning affect practical conservation choices?  When one object may carry many meanings, which should be elucidated through conservation?  Institute staff have established the Conversations on conservation of cultural heritage blog to share and discuss news, projects, approaches and philosophies relating to the conservation of cultural heritage.

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