Crossing the Line - sustainability and large object conservation in musuems and heritage collections.

Staelens, Y. and Morris, D., 2010. Crossing the Line - sustainability and large object conservation in musuems and heritage collections. In: Amoêda, R., Lira, S. and Pinheiro, C., eds. Heritage 2010. Barcelos, Portugal: Greenlines Institute, pp. 1183-1191.

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Large working objects pose significant challenges for the heritage sector. The primary issues are concerned with interpretation, conservation and authenticity but underpinning all of these is the issue of sustainability. Decision making in large object conservation has always revolved around the tension between using it and losing it, or storing it and seeing it decay through neglect. An additional challenge is authenticity. At what point does an object lose its authenticity? How many replacement parts, panels or new paint jobs does it take to reduce an object to a construct? This paper examines these challenges in order to explore a set of ideas that will allow a sustainable approach to large working object conservation in museums and heritage collections to be developed. It will use as a basis for analysis and discussion ground breaking conservation projects at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton in the UK.

Item Type:Book Section
Volume:2 vols
Number of Pages:1444
Additional Information:Heritage 2010: 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development 22-26 June 2010 Évora * Portugal
Subjects:History > Archaeology
Social Sciences > Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
Technology > Engineering > General Engineering
Arts > Recreation
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:17064
Deposited By: Ms Yvette Staelens
Deposited On:02 Feb 2011 14:56
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:51


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