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Black Lives Matter: Documenting and conserving Bristol’s history as it happens

Care of Collections

From: Wednesday 19.08.20
at 7:00pm
To: Wednesday 19.08.20
at 8:00pm




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Join the ICON Care of Collection group for a webinar from Fran Coles, Conservation and Documentation Manager for Bristol Culture.

The Black Lives Matter protests were a significant moment and reached their climax with the toppling of the Edward Colston statue. It marked a moment in Bristol’s history as a city. During this talk Coles will focus on the practical aspects of documenting and treating objects from the protest during lockdown including how the team worked to preserve objects with limited access to equipment and materials. Coles will also touch on the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from working on the project.

There will be a chance to contribute and raise your own questions. This is an event not to be missed.

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An online discussion via Zoom.


Fran Coles, ACR

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Fran Coles, ACR, is the Conservation & Documentation Manager at Bristol Culture. She originally trained as an objects conservator at Cardiff University, graduating in 2002 and achieved accreditation in preventive conservation in 2009. Having started her career with Historic Royal Palaces and English Heritage she worked at the Science Museum for 11 years before relocating to Bristol. Now, she manages a team of conservation and documentation specialists for Bristol City Council. She recently joined the Icon Accreditation Committee, representing Conservation Management. Previous to this, she was an assessor and CPD review reader. Collections care, modern materials and conservation management are her main areas of expertise while her role managing the documentation team at Bristol means collections management also forms a large part of her day to day work.