Screen shot from Tracy’s presentation ‘Why do you do what you do to me?
Conservation Prioritisation and Collaboration in the Digitisation of the Retreat Archive’.
For more information on the project visit: www.york.ac.uk/borthwick/projects/retreat/
Tracy Wilcockson was the opening speaker for the conservation strand on the second day of the conference with her presentation ‘Why do you do what you do to me? Conservation Prioritisation and Collaboration in the Digitisation of the Retreat Archive’. Tracy’s talk addressed her role in preparing material for the digitisation of the Retreat archive, which is a part of the wider ‘The Asylum and Beyond’ project funded by the Wellcome Trust. The depth and breadth of Tracy’s knowledge of conservation theory and practice enabled her to discuss the nature of digitisation as ethically problematic, while still clearly explaining the practical implications and processes that have affected the digitisation of the Retreat Archive. I was particularly struck by the application of digitisation to the ‘balance triangle’ that she described from Chris Caple’s book ‘Conservation Skills’, which demonstrates how every conservation process can be expressed by a balance between preservation, investigation and revelation. The talk also highlighted several examples of collaborative responses to digitisation problems between the Conservation and Digitisation teams, such as the use of light boxes for the image capture of receipts, so that they do not need to undergo the time-consuming process of removal from the documents that they are attached to.
Working with magnets on the ‘York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed’ project.
For more information visit: www.york.ac.uk/borthwick/projects/archbishops-registers/
Flying home after a productive and inspiring day.
Catherine Dand, Conservator.