Securing the past
Conservation in art, architecture and literature
review by Siân Jones
The author's aim is to develop a new way of understanding curatorial, conservatorial and editorial ways of dealing with the past, which incorporates aspects of recent cultural and literary theory and thus achieves some continuity between theory and practice. To do this he explores a series of crises, scandals and shifts in paradigms that provide a rich source of theoretical debate, as well as new insights into the laborious and often anxiety-tinged work that practitioners do.