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Ask a Conservator Day

Conservators around the world answer questions about their work on Ask a Conservator Day. The next Ask a Conservator Day will take place on November 4th, 2020. This is a significant day: on November 4th, 1966, the Arno river flooded Florence, damaging 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.

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.

By using the hashtag #AskAConservator on social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram), 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.

Conservators provided insights into their work by:

  • answering questions about conservation on their personal social media;
  • posting from cultural heritage institutions' social media accounts about their conservation department(s)
  • livestreaming from galleries and conservation labs
You can see examples of participation by using the hashtag on your preferred social media platform.