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SiLK - Guidelines for the protection of cultural property

7. Deterioration/wear and tear

 

Deterioration and wear and tear constitute a more gradually evolving threat to which artworks and cultural property are exposed. This is barely discernible on a day-to-day basis, and is often only noticed when comparing images documenting the condition of objects over long time intervals. However, deterioration need not necessarily simply be accepted fatalistically as a logical consequence of the use of cultural property as a source of information, exhibit or visitor attraction. In many cases, greater awareness and simple measures can help to minimize such damage.

 

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