Historical Perspectives on Preventive Conservation

Historical Perspectives on Preventive Conservation

Paperback Readings in Conservation

Edited by Sarah Staniforth

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  • Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute,US
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 22mm | 1,100g
  • Publication date: 28 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 1606061429
  • ISBN 13: 9781606061428
  • Illustrations note: 20 full-colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 204,693

Product description

This title gathers together the most important texts on this critical topic, from antiquity to today. The sixth volume in the Getty's Readings in Conservation series, which gathers more than 65 texts that have been influential in the development of thinking about the conservation of cultural heritage, from antiquity to the present day. The volume is divided into nine parts: Philosophies of Preventive Conservation, Keeping Things, Early Years of Conservation in Museums, Relative Humidity and Temperature, Light, Pests, Pollution, The Museum Environment and Risk Management, and Future Trends. Writings by such well-known figures as John Ruskin, and Rachel Carson are complemented by selections from diverse sources including early housekeeping books, 18th-century archivist manuals, and Victorian novels. Other seminal texts include John Evelyn's 17th-century tract on air pollution in London and the founding manifesto of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings by William Morris.

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Sarah Staniforth is museums and collections director at the National Trust.

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"A calm, elegant, timely reminder that, although preventive conservation might depend on high-tech and expensive equipment, it can (and, more often does) rely on traditional skills." --"Burlington Magazine"