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Disruptive Conservation: A conversation with Ellie and Jane

Henderson, Jane ORCID:, Sweetnam, Ellie and Grow, Sharra 2022. Disruptive Conservation: A conversation with Ellie and Jane. News in Conservation 90 , pp. 40-43.

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Interview by Sharra Grow “Why don’t I make this fill in hot pink?” As a conservation professional, chances are this question will stop you in your tracks and initiate a negative knee-jerk reaction. But what if we took a moment to actually think through this possibility? Then-student Ellie Sweetnam and professor Jane Henderson’s paper in Studies in Conservation “takes the position that our current practice of infilling with a neutral, rather than matched, colour is deceptive to the viewer and that such deliberate mediation through the act of conservation can deny the viewer an authentic understanding of the heritage object.” Ellie and Jane coined the term “disruptive conservation” for the act of challenging the status quo of our usual treatment approaches and perspectives, enabling “conservators to account for the object’s journey in how their intervention is portrayed.” Below is my interview with the authors, discussing some key concepts in their paper, which I hope will entice you to read the full paper and have your own discussions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: disruptive conservation
Publisher: International Institute For Conservation of Historic and Artisitic Works
ISSN: 1995-2635
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 31 May 2022
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2023 00:45

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