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Representation and intervention: The symbiotic relationship of conservation and value

Taylor, J.; Cassar, M.; (2008) Representation and intervention: The symbiotic relationship of conservation and value. In: Saunders, D. and Townsend, J.H. and Woodcock, S., (eds.) Conservation and Access: Contributions to the London Congress. (pp. pp. 7-11). IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works): London, UK. Green open access


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Physical and intellectual access to heritage is shaped by conservation through a longterm, cyclic and symbiotic relationship of representation and intervention (or lack of it). This informs future use and representation. Value (which may be assigned for different reasons) makes heritage. All heritage is valued for varied reasons. Some argue that heritage has inherent value; this is not covered in this paper. Some values are preferred over others in decisions on what to use or conserve. The process below describes a number of different recurring phases in this relationship, which differs with different kinds of heritage: 1. Various agents change heritage; 2. Change affects valued elements of heritage; 3. Valued elements affect how change is perceived; 4. What is perceived as damage affects decisions about conservation interventions; 5. Conservation affects which valued elements are most likely to be preserved; 6. Preserved elements influence how heritage is represented; 7. New forms of representation will affect future conservation decisions. Historically, how heritage has been represented has affected how an object is preserved. This affects later representation and use, making the relationship symbiotic.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Representation and intervention: The symbiotic relationship of conservation and value
ISBN: 0954816927
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.iiconservation.org/publications/pubs_se...
Language: English
Additional information: Paper presented at the IIC 2008 London Congress: Conservation and Access, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK, 15 - 19 September, 2008. Paper and CD Rom copies of the full proceedings can be obtained from the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), 6 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6BA, UK. Telephone +44 (0)20 7839 5975. fax +44 (0)20 7976 1564, or email: iic@iiconservation.org. Website: www.iiconservation.org
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/13300
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