Intervention vigilance in conservation: lessons from the medical profession

Hill, J.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8442-3857 and Haeusler, I.L. ORCID: 0000-0002-2890-447X, 2021. Intervention vigilance in conservation: lessons from the medical profession. In: J. Bridgland, ed., Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation. ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference Preprints, Beijing, 17–21 May 2021. Paris: International Council of Museums. ISBN 9782491997144

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A key responsibility of conservators is to understand the efficacy and 'safety' of the materials and methods used in conservation interventions. Material science and testing, whether in situ or on mock-ups, can support the conservator but cannot capture the remarkable diversity of real-world situations. As such, unforeseen positive and negative short-and long-term outcomes are inevitable. This paper draws upon the experience of vigilance reporting systems used in the field of medicine and proposes a system of vigilance for conservation materials and methods. Such a systematic process harnesses the observations and experiences of conservators to expand collective understanding of conservation interventions in an efficient and timely manner. Furthermore, the professional, organisational, and cultural prerequisites for successful vigilance reporting structures are discussed.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Hill, J.A. and Haeusler, I.L.
Publisher: International Council of Museums
Place of Publication: Paris
Date: 2021
ISBN: 9782491997144
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Oct 2022 12:29
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 14:25

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