Improving access to collections for sampling

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Conference Paper


Henderson, Jane; Manti, Panagiota;


Conservation and Access: Contributions to the 2008 IIC Congress, London, p.0-0 (2008)


The commitment to increasing access to collections has resulted in concepts such as ‘acceptable’ rates of damage. This new pragmatism has yet to be developed into a consistent approach to access for analysis. This paper uses a case study of the scientific examination of early Greek copper alloy helmets to illustrate a range of problems encountered by researchers. In the context of the case study it considers national and political criteria, the policies and procedures of museums and professional ethical codes. The paper also considers additional barriers that can be encountered by younger researchers, who may be considered less credible than their more established colleagues, and discusses strategies that they can use to increase the likelihood of gaining access to samples.