Fear, Rules, and Collaboration in Conservation

Like a well-trained academic, I did a little research before I sat down to write this, my first blog post. (Well, very little research, ... continue reading

Scientific method

An empirical method of gathering knowledge that includes making observations, measurements, and experiments that are tested to determine the accuracy of a hypothesis

Holistic collection care

An approach to conservation that works to keep cultural heritage as a functioning component of many interlinking systems within institutions, larger societies, and the ... continue reading

Object-centered practice

Sometimes referred to as “material-based practice”; the dominant, historic model for heritage conservation where individual and tangible objects are places are prioritized over other ... continue reading

Best practice

A method or technique that is generally accepted as superior to any alternative.

Experiential learning

The process of learning through experience where self-awareness and -reflection are used as tools for progress.


Practices and policies that oppose racial disparities and promote equity.

Spiritual awareness

The recognition that all cultural heritage can have intangible quality and meaning brought to it by the people who value it, and this component ... continue reading

Value-based decision making

Strategic decision-making models that encourage actions to reflect identified values and priorities. Within heritage conservation, value-based practice is sometimes referred to as context-based practice.

Systems thinking

The recognition that individual events, objects, and data points are components of intertwining systems, and that a change in one point can cause change ... continue reading


Actions based on a balance of ecological, economic, and social needs and strive for collective and communal well-being.