Conservation (Revision 3)
HERM 339: Conservation introduces formative issues and approaches in conservation practice.
This course focuses on the principles and practice of preventive conservation as they relate to collections of movable objects. It deals with the characteristics of collection materials and how these characteristics can help identify potential conservation problems. Conservation issues specific to certain types of collections are addressed, including archival, archaeological, natural history, and outdoor collections. The conservation of buildings is not covered except insofar as it must be taken into account in the conservation of collections in heritage buildings. The conservation of heritage sites and landscapes is not described. (Building, site, and landscape conservation will be covered in HERM 342: General Principles of Planning Historic Places.)
HERM 339 emphasizes a universal approach that will accommodate the needs of different collections. It focuses on basic, practical solutions that can be implemented by small organizations as well as by larger ones. The course also introduces extensive print and web-based publications geared to the custodians of heritage collections. This course will provide you with a body of knowledge that is relevant and useful to any person working within the broad area of heritage resources management, from archaeologists and historic interpreters to site managers and archivists. It will also serve as a solid foundation for anyone wishing to pursue specialized training in conservation. The goal of this course is to bring conservation awareness and knowledge to those who work—or intend to work—in heritage resources management.
HERM 339 is made up of ten units:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Conservation
- Unit 2: Materials Characterization: Introduction and Organic Materials Overview
- Unit 3: Materials Characterization: Inorganic Materials, Modern Materials, and Composite Artifacts
- Unit 4: Agents of Deterioration: Introduction, Temperature and Relative Humidity
- Unit 5: Preventive Conservation: Light and Contaminants
- Unit 6: Preventive Conservation: Pest Management, Fire Protection, Security, and Emergency Preparedness
- Unit 7: Preventive Conservation: Display, Storage, Handling, and Transportation
- Unit 8: Preventive Conservation: A Multi-level Approach
- Unit 9: Conservation Treatments
- Unit 10: Managing Conservation: Planning, Training, Documentation, and Policy
To receive credit in Herm 339 you must complete all assignments and achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The chart below summarized course activities and the credit weight associated with each assignment.
|0. Ungraded Assignment||0%|
|1. Identifying Materials||15%|
|2. Agents of Deterioration||15%|
|4. Identifying Conservation Problems||10%|
|5. Conservation Assessment||40%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
All course materials for HERM 339 will be accessed online.
Robert Barclay. Introduction to Conservation. Athabasca: Athabasca University and Robert Barclay, 2008.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, April 11, 2013.
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Updated May 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services