34th Annual Meeting in Providence (2006)
Using Artifacts: Is Conservation Compromised?
Providence, RI • June 16-19, 2006
This program highlighted on the importance of viewing conservation in the larger context of heritage management and as part of sustainable development...preservation as a way to offer support to communities and individuals in their current struggles for idenitity and development, in contrast to considering preservation as an idealized view of the past. Other issues, such as who or what conservators serve (people or things), questions of ownership, justifiable use, definitions of what is considered "damaged," the need for preservation of specimens during numerous scientific analyses, and the emotional stories objects tell, were also addressed.