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- DescriptionThis is an exploration of the concept of preserving heritage. It presents the conservation profession's code of ethics and discusses four significant contexts embedded in museum conservation practice: science, professionalization, museum practice and the relationship between museums and First Nations peoples. Museum practice regarding handling and preservation of objects has been largely taken as a given, and it can be difficult to see how these activities are politicized. Miriam Clavir argues that museum practices are historically grounded and represent values that are t necessarily held by the originators of the objects. She first focuses on conservation and explains the principles and methods conservators practise. She then discusses First Nations people's perspectives on preservation, quoting extensively from interviews conducted throughout British Columbia, and comparing the BC situation with that in New Zealand.
- Author BiographyMiriam Clavir is Senior Conservator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, and an associate of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, UBC.
- PrizesWinner of Outstanding Achievement Award, Conservation Category, Canadian Museums Association 2002 (Canada).
- Author(s)Miriam Clavir
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2002
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- First Published2002
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Content Note5 b&w illustrations, 9 tables, 22 b&w photos
- Weight520 g
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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