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A significant statement: new outlooks on treatment documentation

Cutajar, JD; Duckor, A; Sully, D; Fredheim, LH; (2016) A significant statement: new outlooks on treatment documentation. Journal of the Institute of Conservation , 39 (2) pp. 81-97. 10.1080/19455224.2016.1212717. Green open access

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Abstract

Values-based conservation is an increasingly dominant theme in heritage conservation theory. It is less routine in the application of object conservation practice, where emphasis on the physical fabric of heritage prevails. Materials-based approaches pivot conservation decisions on assessments of object condition. Values-based approaches posit that conservation should seek to sustain and enhance heritage significance rather than arrest physical change. A values-based approach is also one where the value-judgements underlying conservation decisions are made explicit. To reflect this, a new treatment documentation format has been developed at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. The documentation procedure shifts the focal point from condition assessments to statements of significance. Within the professional setting, similar new documentation is being developed for light-based artworks at Glasgow Museums. Ultimately, using a value-based treatment report, the conservator can be aware of the reasoning behind treatment choices and be better equipped to make decisions that reflect an object’s values.

Type: Article
Title: A significant statement: new outlooks on treatment documentation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19455224.2016.1212717
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19455224.2016.1212717
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Icon, The Institute of Conservation. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of the Institute of Conservation on 31 August 2016; available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19455224.2016.1212717
Keywords: documentation; significance; values-based; heritage; values; reports
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1516820
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