Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas and Uncomfortable Truths
24 — 25 September 2009
At the Geological Society, Piccadilly
Recordings of all talks and discussions are now available to download here.
The Royal Academy of Arts holds a two-day symposium following the publication this summer of the book 'Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas and Uncomfortable Truths', edited by Dr Alison Bracker and Alison Richmond.
Conservation today is as much about conserving intangible values as it is about conserving material culture, yet the Codes of Ethics for conservators fail to guide them in understanding and prioritising such values. This two-day event aims to promote deeper consideration of how museums, conservators and the public perceive cultural heritage and its intangible significance within the context of the changing global economic and environmental climate of the early 21st century.
Scholars and practitioners from diverse fields – philosophy, conservation, history, art and design history, museology, architecture, urban planning, and public policy – critically reflect upon the ethics, principles, practices, theories and values that inform the conservation of art and design, archaeological artefacts, buildings, monuments, heritage sites and human remains in presentations and panel discussions that encourage audience participation and debate. Speakers include specialists in private and public collections, specialists in built heritage and historic sites, and professionals concerned with intangible heritage, thereby promoting an exchange of ideas and strategies across conservation disciplines.
This two-day event is intended for the public, art historians, curators, conservators, architects, museum professionals, artists, students and everyone with an interest in the subject. It will be followed by a book launch and drinks reception in the John Madejski Fine Rooms at the Royal Academy of Arts at 6pm on 25 September.
Download the programme for the Conservation Symposium (15 KB)
To read more about the individual speakers and their research click on the names below:
Sanchita Balachandran (22 KB)
Sebastiano Barassi (34 KB)
Andy Calver (22 KB)
Dinah Eastop (20 KB)
Helen Glanville (20 KB)
Ehab Kamel (21 KB)
Jhilmil Kishore (50 KB)
Sarah Maisey (22 KB)
Kim Muir (21 KB)
Ari Tanhuanpää (22 KB)
Diane Watters (22 KB)
Jonathan Ashley Smith (39 KB)
Kirsten Mckee (42 KB)
Hsien Yang Tseng (21 KB)
Salvador Muñoz Viñas (20 KB)
Sudha Srestha (25 KB)
9.30am–5.30pm, drinks reception and book launch from 6pm on 25 September;
£145/£95* (includes drinks reception)
* Reductions are available for students, jobseekers and disabled persons with recognised proof of status.
The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J
Pre-booking is now closed. Tickets can be purchased on the day Thursday 24th September during registration from 9.30–10.30 am. Please have your cash or cheque payment ready.
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