Author(s): Elizabeth Pye
Caring for the Past discusses the evolution, philosophy and current practice of conservation. It is intended to encourage a better understanding of what conservation involves, and of how it can contribute to the study and enjoyment of the heritage. Issues affecting conservation and its future development are examined, and illustrated with examples.The principal focus of the book is on conservation of archaeological, ethnographic and museum objects, with reference to, and comparison with, conservation in other fields such as buildings and monuments, and fine and decorative arts. Topics include:* the context and scope of conservation, and its ethical and theoretical basis* history of conservation* meaning of objects and its effect on conservation* change and deterioration in materials and objects* issues in practice: decision-making, conservation procedures* working relations between conservators, curators and scientists* development of a conservation profession, training in conservation* communicating conservation and attracting public supportCaring for the Past will be of value to those wishing to explore ideas about conservation of archaeological and museum objects, including heritage or collections managers, archaeologists, museum curators, conservators and materials scientists. It will be particularly useful as a text for postgraduate courses in conservation, museum studies and cultural heritage management.