Conservator vs Conservationist

It’s a pet peeve of many friends of mine (and, by extension, one of mine as well).  Did you know that conservators and conservationists are not one and the same?  That even though they both conserve something, conservators and conservationists have very different jobs?

A conservator is a person who works to keep works of art safe, ensuring that precious artefacts and paintings are in stable condition in a museum or repairing those that have suffered some kind of damage.

A conservationist is a person who advocates for the protection  and acts for the preservation the environment and wildlife on our wonderful planet.

 

These two words are constantly confused, most often by the media, and for a museum professional (even if you’re not a conservator), it is frustrating when people don’t use the correct word. Now that you know the difference, dear readers, spread the word!

This post is dedicated to all my conservator friends.  I’ve got your back, guys!

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Circa: What Does It Mean?

Today, the North Carolina Museum of Art launched a brand new website and its blog has been renamed Circa, a term archaeologists and curators of ancient art often use. Circa: What Does It Mean? is the first post on the blog, presented by Karen Kelly, NCMA senior editor. The post includes a video by yours truly, where I explain the meaning of the term circa, its use on gallery labels along with B.C.E. and C.E.

Click on the blue link above to read Karen’s post and see my video.