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This subject builds on the current philosophical and ethical approaches and the materials and techniques used in conservation interventions of cultural collections. Students learn to document the condition and materials of collections, to examine the value-based frameworks for the development of decisions and apply these in conservation actions. Students develop and carry out minor conservation actions on selected collections that are ethical, sustainable and achievable.
This unit may include laboratory or field work in situ as an individual or group projects.
During the pre-teaching period, students are encouraged to participate in a 1-hour orientation forum, engage with the online lectures, complete the course readings and any other course preparation as outlined in the LMS. The LMS will be available at the commencement of the pre-teaching period.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Examine, document and evaluate the condition and deterioration of cultural collections and their different materials and media
- Identify and propose treatment actions in the light of the cultural, social, historic, and scientific contexts, as well as the cultural collection's production processes, functionality and possible obsolescence
- Develop and apply conservation actions and incorporate the value-based frameworks in cultural materials conservation
- Demonstrate sound, critical and ethical diagnostic and decision-making skills
- Work safely, effectively, sustainably, and accountably in conservation contexts.
- Applied professional and ethical conservation actions
- The multi-modalities of value and significance in industry
- Effective methodologies, technical approaches and documentary practices
- Organisational and time-management skills
- Professional judgements, critical thinking and decision making
- Applied communication skills and written work
- Participation in collaborative actions.
Last updated: 31 January 2024