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Conservation of Cultural Heritage


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Part 1 General Collection Care Practices 1. Conservation in a museum context 2. Preventive conservation 3. Collecting processing 4. Exhibit and storage Part 2 5. Plant origin 6. Organic materials - animal origin 7. Inorganic materials - metals 8. Inorganic materials - non-metal minerals and artefacts 9. Native Americans' and Western concepts of preservation

About the Author

Hanna Szczepanowska is a conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. Formerly Adjunct Professor at George Washington University teaching on the Museum Preventive Conservation course for Art History, Museum Studies and Anthropology graduate programmes.


"I wish I had such a book when I began this work a few years ago. It is the perfect reference, written in a lovely style, making technical language easy to understand". -Marie E. Kujenga, Allegany Museum, USA

"This work is an exceedingly valuable resource, covering a broad range of preservation issues including impacts of exhibition, environment and handling on all types of museum collections. The book also outlines care and handling requirements essential to those working with sensitive cultural materials. The information presented is at once practical, yet scholarly and based on the most current and extensive scientific research. It will serve collections care professionals and cultural heritage collections themselves very well for years to come."-D. Jordan Berson, SAA Preservation Publication Award Committee

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