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Societies need to be be able to rely on cultural records that are authentic and attributable. This is essential for decisions regarding rights and ownership, and for determinations of value. More generally, the ways in which knowledge is developed and maintained depend on knowing that information can be verified.
Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, explores how authenticity and attribution affect our perception of the value of cultural material. She will outline the ways in which an agreed understanding of what constitutes an authentic cultural record can be established and sustained.Electrotype reproduction of the gold ‘Mask of Agamemnon’ from Mycenae. Gift of the Association of Friends of the Otago Museum; Otago Museum Collection.
5.30pm, Tuesday 17 October