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Improving access to collections for sampling

Henderson, Jane and Manti, Panagiota 2008. Improving access to collections for sampling. Presented at: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Congress, London, UK, 15-19 September 2008. Published in: Saunders, D., Townsend, J. H. and Woodcock, S. eds. Conservation and Access. Contributions to the IIC London Congress, 15-19 September 2008. London: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, pp. 115-119.

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The commitment to increasing access to collections has resulted in concepts such as ‘acceptable’ rates of damage. This new pragmatism has yet to be developed into a consistent approach to access for analysis. This paper uses a case study of the scientific examination of early Greek copper alloy helmets to illustrate a range of problems encountered by researchers. In the context of the case study it considers national and political criteria, the policies and procedures of museums and professional ethical codes. The paper also considers additional barriers that can be encountered by younger researchers, who may be considered less credible than their more established colleagues, and discusses strategies that they can use to increase the likelihood of gaining access to samples.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
ISBN: 9780954816926
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 03:48

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