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Heritage Conservation and Social Engagement

Heritage Conservation and Social Engagement explores different kinds of engagement, participation, access, and creative use of resources motivated by the practice of conservation; and offers ethical and practical perspectives from which to approach cultural heritage projects by exploring the complexities of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Such collaborations are often influenced by the colonial baggage of museums, and their effectiveness can vary based on context, objectives, methods, and available resources. However, efforts to promote inclusion and engagement through museum collections and the broader heritage sector are becoming even more socially relevant. The heritage sector has tools and ability to help fight prejudices that are invariably based on misinformation or manipulation of facts, and this book joins those efforts, in the understanding that nothing can be done without dialogue and engagement.

196 pages | 26 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

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Renata F. Peters

1. Conservation and Engagement: Transforming And Being Transformed
Renata F. Peters

2. Conservation and Collaboration: a Discussion
Miriam Clavir

3. The Role of Conservation Education in Reconciliation: The Example of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage
Jessica S. Johnson, Kim Cullen Cobb and Brian Michael Lione

4. Community Involvement in Built Heritage Conservation: The Case Study of the Birzeit Historic Centre Rehabilitation Project, Palestine
Anna Teresa Ronchi

5. Putting Sustainability Into Practice: The Use of Locally Available Materials in Conservation
Flavia Ravaioli

6. The ‘Open Lab Project’: Addressing the skills deficit of volunteer community archaeologists in Lincolnshire, UK
Craig Spence

7. Cultural Heritage Conservation and Public Benefits: Effectiveness of Kenya’s Legal and Administrative Framework
Gilbert Wafula

8. Learning from Archives: Integrating Preservation and Access
Nancy Bell and Dinah Eastop

9. Objects And Wellbeing: A Personal View
Elizabeth Pye


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