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How do ethics impact on conservation practice?

Geraldine Kendall, 09.03.2012
Ethical guidelines up for discussion at ICON conference
The Museums Association’s Code of Ethics and other ethical guidelines are to be debated by the conservation community at The Only Way is Ethics, a one-day conference taking place next month.

The Institute of Conservation (ICON) conference will be a chance for “informal and inclusive” debate to help conservators evaluate how ethical guidelines have influenced past conservation practice and how they might define future work.

The day will follow a 'Question Time' format, whereby a panel of experts drawn from across the museum and heritage sector chair debates on core topics such as the impact of access on collections, Big Society ideology and how codes of ethics relate to professional practice.

The CPD-certified conference is aimed at conservators seeking an introduction to ethics or those who would like to update their professional working knowledge of ethics.

Rachel Cockett, Renaissance manager at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, will represent the MA's ethics committee on the expert panel.

Cockett said: “The MA Code of Ethics expects museums to consider the interests of the people who made, used, owned, collected or donated collections, to consult communities and audiences, and to reflect diverse views in interpretation.
“Conservation has an impact on an object and subsequently a further impact on both professional interpretation and audience reaction. I look forward to exploring how conservation practice takes into account the views of such a diverse range of people.”

The conference will be held on 12 April 2012 at Cardiff University and costs £50 to attend.

To read the MA's Code of Ethics, click here

To download the conference programme, click here

Click here for more information and to book a place