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Dialogue in conservation decision making

Henderson, Jane ORCID: and Nakamoto, Tanya ORCID: 2016. Dialogue in conservation decision making. Studies in Conservation 61 , S2.67-S2.78. 10.1080/00393630.2016.1183106

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This paper offers an analysis of the impact of stakeholder consultation during conservation decision making processes. Defining and finding opportunities for stakeholder communication within conservation work is an ethical necessity when working with cultural heritage, but the limits and practice of this necessity are less clear. The paper uses case studies to explore which aspects of the conservation process stakeholders are most likely to be consulted about and reviews the impact of their views. It asks whether conservators have a preference in which decisions they are prepared to share with stakeholders across three aspects of conservation: the initial appraisal, treatment and the display or storage. Where consultation relates to treatment, conservators are more likely to fall back on their own technical authority except when those consulted are considered fellow professionals. Other categories of stakeholder such as artists, originating communities and religious groups were found to be more constructively consulted on the understanding of the object and on care related to display and storage. Conservators should be offered more explicit guidance on the ethics of consultation, the aspects of consultation that they should engage with and on the ethical ways to deal with conflict arising from consultation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stakeholders, Ethics, Consultation, Decision making, Communication
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 0039-3630
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 April 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:48

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