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Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group
Triennial Programme 2014-2017


Working Group Activities and Projects 2014–2017:

  • Discussions with the membership and Directory Board to decide the name-change proposal. 
  • Publication of annual issues of the Working Group Newsletter. 
  • Follow up on research of biocides in collections and update the Working Group’s Biocides webpage.  
  • Partnerships to build capacities in places without formal conservation training (possible partners being discussed).


Specific themes of research /investigations

The Working Group will investigate, research, and report on the following areas of interest. Many of the items may be explored concurrently.

A. Materials science, deterioration and conservation

  • Investigation/ technical study of objects, object materials and production methods
  • Deterioration of materials found in objects
  • Conservation case studies
  • Exhibition and display methods

B. Ethics, values and decision-making

  • Decision-making processes and preservation rationales
  • Collaborations with diverse interest groups and assessments of their impact in conservation decision-making
  • Reviews of historic practices in the preservation of ethnographic collections
  • Socio-political responsibilities, including continuing developments within international indigenous rights forums e.g. 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  • Local systems of knowledge and their roles in conservation




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