Benefit 1: broaden our community

If we accept that conservators are not a homogeneous group with extensive training in art history, science, and studio art, we gain the ability to welcome a wide variety of people into our professional network. With this change we become more inclusive with regard to the people who conserve heritage.

6 responses to “Benefit 1: broaden our community”

  1. What challenges do we need to overcome in order to welcome a wide variety of people into our community?

  2. Veronica Diaz Mendez says:

    Diminize language walls to include and facilitate the access of information to professionals from other parts of the world and recognize their presence.

  3. Joelle Wi says:

    Veronica – Yes, yes, yes. I think Zoom can be a tool for this with its translation capacity. How do we provide platforms for ‘professionals from other parts of the world’ to teach us what they are doing?

  4. Emily Cloutier says:

    Conservation knowledge should be accessible, but as someone entering private practice I find this challenging. When trying to figure out pricing, the “standard” rates are often prohibitive to smaller institutions. Yet offering reduced rates is seen as devaluing our own work or devaluing the profession. Small institutions and individuals looking for help in preserving their collections or even individual objects shouldn’t be made to feel like that kind of knowledge or service is reserved
    for large museums and the wealthy.

  5. Natalya Swanson says:

    Hi Emily – I’ve heard similar concerns raised by others working in the private sector. It’s unfortunate that setting prices relative to institutional size/capacity is seen as devaluing our work. I don’t think anyone would argue that a therapist who uses a sliding scale is less valuable or committed than a therapist who doesn’t! On the contrary- I’d argue that considering the needs and capabilities of our clients is a more compassionate way to work! I appreciate you sharing and hope that we can collectively raise awareness about how this type of pressure continues to harm both practitioners and communities.

  6. Dirk van de Leemput says:

    Hi, I am a PhD student, studying the maintainers of technologies in time-based media art. I find this an intriguing statement. Lately I have been studying how some of the CRT television repair people are positioning themselves vis-à-vis conservation and museums. They are a small group of people, and their ideas differ widely. One of them even identified his work as conservation: “We are not a TV repair workshop. We do conservation.” I am still trying to make sense of my data sociologically, but this site helps me to think about it. I would love to join any conversations to come

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