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1.03 Selected quotations

“…one should make sure at the very outset that there is a truly philosophical basis so that ‘conservators’ shall not only be good practitioners, but scholars as well, knowing not only what they do, but why they do it…”
Rawlins, I. 1945, a founding member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

“By defining what is special about places, characterisation can help to inform decisions about how much change (and what type of change) a place can absorb without damaging those things that give it value and significance.”
English Heritage (2003) Heritage Counts 2003

“Conservation is largely the Art of controlling change.”
Sir Bernard Fielden cited in Earl J (1997) Building Conservation Philosophy College of Estate Management, Reading

“In respect of Conservation “…why do we do this at all? … I hope that I may lead them to question their own opinions and actions and bring them to a clearer understanding of what – as practitioners – they will be doing.”
Earl J (1997) Building Conservation Philosophy College of Estate Management, Reading

“I have found that it is not wise to lay down dogmatic rules, for when they are made one is apt to be confronted by a case where they do not work.”
Powys, A R (1929 reprinted 1981) Repair of Ancient Buildings SPAB, London

See also Humberstone, J (1997) Taking the Philosophical Approach The Building Conservation Directory Cathedral Communications, Tisbury