Preventive conservation is in a period of transformation as numerous practitioners within and outside the conservation field reshape its principles and practice. Conventional tools of conservation that protect cultural material from the ‘ten agents of deterioration' remain central to the work, but have opaque relationships to the people for whom objects are conserved. This presentation uses Philippine case studies to argue for more anthropological approaches to conservation that recognize and respect the contexts of objects, people, and place. The case studies of ecclesiastical Church collections, and museum environments in the Philippines, demonstrate the interdependency of objects, people, place and time in more holistic and conceptual conservation frameworks.
Anthropology, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Mānoa Campus
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