Sustainability is something that conservators are inherently concerned with. However, applying environmental consciousness to our daily practice may seem complex, and with the numerous other considerations that conservators must take into account, sustainability can fall through the cracks. Putting the environment first may seem to conflict with conservation ethics, but actually win-win-win solutions are achievable - treatments and methods that are good for the object, for the conservator, and for the planet. There are many things that we can already do to start practicing more sustainably.
This workshop will address issues of environmental sustainability, starting with theoretical concepts related to energy and materials which can be applied to conservation practice. Armed with the critical thinking skills needed for application, we will explore ways that conservators can practice more sustainably in their daily jobs and the role conservators play in large-scale impact for the broader cultural sector.
Trainer details: Caitlin Southwick is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Caitlin has worked in the conservation field for eight years in museums and sites around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, The Uffizi Gallery and Easter Island. She is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a former Professional Member of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Sustainability Committee.
This course is free for ICRI members. Some places may be available for non-members at a cost of €20.00