The effect of credentialism on the cost of conservation treatment.

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This paper focuses on the economic cost of treatment of cultural heritage using conservation of wall paintings in Danish churches over its entire period, from 1855 to 2015, as a primary data source. Financial costs for 990 individual projects harvested from archival documents were adjusted with statistical price indexes to current value (2015), allowing for a comparative study that depicts cost fluctuations over time. These comparisons show how drastic increases in the financial costs of conservation, reflected in improved treatment methods and documentation, are directly related to the transformation of conservation into a true profession, notably after the establishment of formal education. The study also shows the impact on changes in sources of funding for conservation projects
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4–8 September 2017
EditorsJ. Bridgland
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInternational Council of Museums
Publication date2017
Article number1902
ISBN (Print)9789290124269
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference: Linking Past and Future - Tivoli Congress Center , Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 4 Sept 20178 Sept 2017
Conference number: 18


ConferenceICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference
LocationTivoli Congress Center
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  • Credentialism
  • Wall paintings
  • Economic cost
  • Funding

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