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Old 12th Mar 2012, 5:19 pm   #24
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Default Re: What is a Success Story?

Indeed Sean: that painting has, in actual point of fact, been 'repaired' - but the Art World prefers to use the word 'conserved'. Perhaps that's because 'conserved' seems more appropriate to the Art World, 'repaired' having a distinct 'engineering' undertone.
So on that basis I submit that when we remove all of the functional defects from a radio (etc.), it has then been 'repaired'. Any further work that is restricted to non-functional 'repair' actions becomes a 'conservation'. However, we, predominately with an engineering approach to doing things, use the word 'repair' to embrace both categories.

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