Artifacts in Use

Artifacts in Use

The Paradox of Restoration and the Conservation of Organs

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  • Explores caring for historic objects that continue in use.
  • Written by John R. Watson
  • 270 Pages
  • Paperback
  • 6" x 9"
More Detail:
Using pipe organs as a case study,Artifacts in Use explores broad issues in caring for historic objects that continue in use. The book describes the vulnerability of historical evidence during conventional restoration, and how evidence can be preserved during restorative conservation and subsequent use. It examines an object's value as a historical "document," and the diverse values we each hold as users, conservators, restorers, and caretakers of the material past. The restorative conservation approach depends on collaborations between restorers trained within a craft tradition and professional conservators, and can be applied to many types of complex, preservation-worthy objects.

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