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Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations

Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations
 

An exploration of the concept of preserving heritage. It presents the conservation profession's code of ethics and discusses four significant contexts of museum conservation practice: science, professionalization, museum practice, and the relationship between museums and First Na... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780774808613
Published 31 August 2002 by Inbooks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Author(s) By Clavir, Miriam

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ISBN-13 9780774808613
ISBN-10 0774808616
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date 31 August 2002
International Publication Date 1 November 2002
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Clavir, Miriam
Category Non-Fiction (Child/Teen)
Museums & Museology
Cultural Studies
Indigenous Peoples
Anthropology
Interest Age Young Adults
Reading Age Young Adults
Library of Congress Indians of North America - British Columbia - Antiquities - Collection and preservation, Cultural property - Conservation and restoration - British Columbia, Cultural property - Conservation and restoration - New Zealand, Cultural property - Protection - British Columbia, Cultural property - Protection - New Zealand
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 481g
Dewey Code 306.089970074
Catalogue Code 465920

Description of this Book

This 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 not 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Preserving What is Valued will resonate with conservators and curators in Australia who work with Indigenous Australian material culture. Clavir's book elucidates the culturally-determined nature of values and motivations in cultural preservation, and the importance of adopting appropriate conservation methods. It is among the first major texts to provide a detailed examination of these issues. ?Moira Simpson, Author of Making Representations and Museums and Repatriation, from Museums Australia Magazine, May 2005 Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations, a revised version of the author's doctoral thesis, makes a significant contribution to the discussion of cultural heritage issues from a conservation standpoint. Firstly, Clavir is skilful and largely successful in drawing out the local focus in order to examine and illustrate far broader questions that concern us all: and, secondly, the depth in which the detail of often conflicting local views is explored is itself central to the making of some of the book's most important views. I found this to be an interesting, richly researched and carefully presented book. It is an excellent resource for those wanting to explore museum-source community debates about cultural heritage in Canada and in the relatively neglected area of conservation practice, and has considerable overall value as a text for those wishing to explore cultural heritage sites. Sandra Dudley, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Journal of the Society of Archivists, Vol. 26, No. 1, April 2005

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Author's Bio

Miriam Clavir is Senior Conservator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, and an associate of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, UBC.

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