Student Conference

Student Conference 2021: Inclusion, Access, Diversity: Changing the Face of Heritage Conservation

Online

Free event

The conference will take place over two days from 30 June - 1 July and will be held online over Microsoft Teams.

History is global, multifaceted and ever evolving. It is the transference of ideas, your Granny’s old china, the formation of the earth itself and the tiniest fragment of an arrowhead. The role of the conservator is to preserve these remains of the past, a job of immeasurable variability. 

However, as a profession, conservation is noticeably un-varied. Predominantly white, middle-class and University educated, the field is dichotomous in its select scope of gatekeepers chosen to preserve this amorphous past. If our profession is so homogenous, how can we accurately understand or treat such a huge entity as the entirety of human history? 

Therefore, we are excited to announce the 2021 West Dean student conference, Inclusion, Access, Diversity: Changing the Face of Heritage Conservation. This conference offers an opportunity to exchange ideas about the need to focus on inclusion, by supporting access into the profession and diversifying approaches within the profession. 

Any questions? Please email studentconference21@westdean.ac.uk.

Register to attend the conference via Eventbrite.

Schedule

Wednesday 30 June

Time (BST) Title
10:00-10:10 Opening Address
10:10-10:50 Ashleigh Brown - '#AskUsAnything: A Review of Social Media for Conservators' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
11:20-12:00 Helena Bosnić - 'Art Copy: an educational tool in fine art conservation' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
12:10-12:50 Caitlin Southwick - 'Sustainability in Conservation: Accessibility and Inclusion in Practice' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
13:50-14:50 West Dean Student Panel - 'Accessing conservation' (40 minute discuss, 20 minute Q&A)
14:50-15:00 Closing Address

 

Thursday 1 July

Time (BST) Title
10:00-10:10 Opening Address
10:10-10:50 Raj Pal - 'Inclusivity and creation of culture and identity' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
11:20-12.00 Scott Ratima Nolan - 'Kaitiakitanga: Utilising Māori Holistic Conservation in Heritage Institutions' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
12:10-12:50 Ian Watson - 'Positive Impact: Setting up a CIC to improve diversity and access to the conservation profession' (30 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
13:50-14:50 ICON Presentation and Discussion - 'Icon Diversity and Inclusion Task and Finish Group: aims, objectives and reflections' (40 minute presentation, 20 minute Q&A)
14:50-15:00 Closing Address

 

If you would like to attend any of these talks, please register through the eventbrite page here, and we will be in touch with the links to each talk.