April 27, 2013 @ UCLA

Inaugural Theme: 'Two Steps Forward'
April 27, 2013 @ UCLA

Thursday, December 13, 2012

To Err is Human

We believe that in reflecting on and discussing the setbacks we encounter as caretakers of cultural heritage, it is possible to glean lessons about our limitations and expectations of conservation practices, and to integrate these into our evolving working methods. Strategies for re-evaluation include viewing setbacks in terms of their positive role in developing long-term goals and practical methodologies, as well as promoting a non-punitive and professional culture of honesty, humor, and acceptance. We hope that such an attitude will help establish, in the words of Marincola and Maisey (2011), ‘a more fruitful learning culture’ for the benefit of both the field of conservation and its mission to protect and preserve historic and artistic materials. Check out Marincola and Maisey's paper, To Err is Human (2011).

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