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The pitfalls and possibilities of standardisation

Henderson, Jane ORCID: 2023. The pitfalls and possibilities of standardisation. Fekrsanati, Farideh and Schimmeroth, Gabriel, eds. From Conservation to Conversation Rethinking Collections Care, Vol. 53. Hamburg: MARKK, pp. 107-116.

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This chapter is written from a personal perspective, drawing on experiences working as a heritage conservation professional for many decades, and from my role as a member of British and European standards committees for conservation of tangible cultural heritage. The chapter will define standards and then consider the cause and consequence of standards proliferation, the danger of attempting to standardise preference rather than what is fundamental and the opportunity to use the standards process to listen and increase participation. I will use my experiences to examine lessons for conservation practice about the impact of standards and the process and assumptions that sit behind them. The chapter will end by considering the evolution of standards in preventive conservation and discuss the decision-making criteria utilised to shape them. Considering the evolution of standards can improve the ability of collections care professionals to scrutinise the accountability of their production and their effectiveness in practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: CEN, impact, inclusion, decision making, listening, politics
Publisher: MARKK
ISBN: 978-3-944-19323-6
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2023
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 13:45

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