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Documentation in the service of conservation: an African training experiment

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Abstract:

If the collection is the heart of the museum, it may be said that documentation is its head; both constitute the vital organs of the institution and their constant interaction is essential for its survival. How this basic premise of sound conservation policy has been taught to a generation of African museum professionals is described by Alain Godonou, a specialist from Benin who holds a Higher Specialized Studies Diploma (DESS) in preventive conservation from the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He worked as researcher at Benin's Direction des Musées, Monuments et Sites and subsequently as curator of the Palais Royal in Porto-Novo. Since 1996 he has been participating actively in ICCROM's PREMA Programme (PREvention in the Museums of Africa), in which connection he is responsible for PREMA House in Porto-Novo where various training sessions for African museum professionals are held.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: ICCROM

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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