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Introduction to the Dynamic Objects Network

Scope

From instruments to industrial machines, cultural, technical and social values of dynamic objects evolve and change from their time of production until they reach a status of historical object. The Dynamic Objects Network was initiated by conservators of horological objects, with the aim of involving others in the care, maintenance and conservation-restoration of all types of mechanical device meant to have or have had moving parts.

Objectives

The objective is to create a Network to promote four aims:

  • To define a general approach to the conservation of dynamic objects on a professional level, irrespective of whether they are still running or are now static. This includes the process of being changed from one state to the other.
  • To promote the conservation of dynamic objects to the general public: this includes promoting an understanding of what cultural dynamic objects are, how conserving them respects their cultural, historical and social values as much as their materials, and why this demands a specific set of knowledge and skills.
  • To prepare guidelines to support the conservation of dynamic objects.
  • To support the professional development of conservators within this discipline.