The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Survey: Conservation Approaches to Unprovenanced Antiquities

From the icme listserv:

Conservation Approaches to Unprovenanced Antiquities: when would YOU conserve them?
Kathryn Walker Tubb

The opinions of working conservators/restorers matter. This survey is about your views. The results will show current attitudes about treating unprovenanced artefacts.

The questionnaire is available at:

The anonymity of respondents is assured by the Opinio software. Do not feel you have to answer all the questions - but more complete data give a fuller picture.

At the AIC meeting in April 2007, I conducted a preliminary survey. The results were interesting but need to be tested more widely. The questionnaire should take only a few minutes. However, comments in the text boxes would be most welcome.

The deadline for answering the questionnaire is July 30, 2008. Completed questionnaires received before June 26 will be used in the oral presentation of 'Shifting Approaches to Unprovenanced Antiquities among Conservation Professionals', a paper I am preparing for the sixth World Archaeological Congress, June 29 to July 4, 2008, in Dublin and later publication.

Your participation is essential if this investigation is to produce meaningful data and is very much appreciated.

The results will be made available in November 2008.

Many thanks
Kathryn Walker Tubb
Institute of Archaeology/UCL
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1533

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