Since 2019, conservators around the world have answered questions about their work on Ask a Conservator Day. The next Ask a Conservator Day will take place on Friday, November 3rd, 2023.
We hold Ask a Conservator day in November to remember the flooding of Florence on November 4th, 1966, which damaged priceless cultural heritage. However, in response to the catastrophe, incredible efforts were made—and are still being undertaken—to conserve the items impacted by the flood. The disaster sparked many conservation careers as more people became aware of the field and the many aspects of preservation.
Ask a Conservator Day follows in the spirit of that international collaboration and exchange of knowledge. We acknowledge and celebrate the growth of the field inspired by the response to the flood by creating an opportunity for people to engage with conservators on social media.
How to Participate
By using the hashtag #AskAConservator
on social media platforms, we work to provide a holistic view of what conservation entails—everything from individual conservators working in private practice to multiple departments at large institutions.
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To show a representative picture of conservation, we need your help! Please promote this event on your social media accounts and participate in any way that feels appropriate.
This could include:
- making yourself available to answer questions about conservation on your personal social media;
- working with your institution to use their social media handles to engage with their audiences; or
- answering questions on a livestream from your lab
Sample Posts and Images
We've drafted some sample posts to help promote your participation. You can also use these images with your posts.