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Going public: a new approach to conservation education

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Bringing conservation projects out into the open under the eye of public scrutiny is a recent phenomenon that has been taken up by a growing number of museums and heritage sites. The programme described by the archaeologist Roberto Nardi is one of the most ambitious to date and makes clear why such an approach goes well beyond the simple explanation of technical interventions to have a resounding impact on public perception and appreciation of the broader heritage questions. Since 1982, the author has been director of the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) in Rome, a private company undertaking public orders for the conservation of ancient monuments and archaeological sites, and has supervised conservation projects and training courses in Italy and abroad. Under his leadership information for the public and the media has become a crucial activity in all the CCA conservation programmes, and work sites under treatment have been opened to visitors whenever circumstances permit. He is an associate professor at ICCROM and is currently involved in the opening of a new training centre set up by the CCA in a recently restored sixteenth-century convent near Rome.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, ICCROM

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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