A (large) Technological Objects ConservatorThese are some thoughts for discussion.
What is Technological Objects Conservator;
- a conservator, with a mechanical competence, and the ability to apply materials science to complex projects.
- a person with high grade hand skills and LTO treatment experience.
- a materials scientist
- a project coordinator
- a team leader
- a philosopher
- a team builder mentor and confidant
- a technological history expert
- has a high degree of understanding of engineering culture
What a Technology Conservator needs to be;
- a chemist, materials expert, metals conservator with a wide base in materials deterioration
- *a pragmatist*
- ~~a treatment development specialist~~
- a person who understands and appreciate engineering culture
- a person who understands the value and worth of specialist trade skills and training in a heritage context.
- *a Technological History curator*
- A person who is able to bring together the intent of the creators intent in a meaningful and considered way.
What a Technological Objects Conservator is not;
- a tradesman
- an objects conservator
- a conservation manager
- a history curator
What do technology conservators do differently ;
- understands the concept and responsibility to conserve form and function in an object
- describe objects by function
- understand that it is nessesary to measure in the units in which the object was made - not mm.
- dutch inches for a 16 century dutch object
- thou if it was made in the UK
- UNF if it was made in the USA
- centimetres if it was made in France
- Inches/feet if it was Japanese naval..
- and so on
- talk about wear rates and risk
- can make paint cross sections in their sleep
- understand coating systems history
- understand the significance of the original surface
- understand the curatorial need to restore with incomplete information
- are information getters, object archeologists for the curators.