How many conservators when asked what they do, would answer “piece history back together”?

  
Francesca Fontana’s profile of objects conservator Steve Tatti in the December 14-15, 2019 issue of The Wall Street Journal (“Piecing History Back Together”) nicely explains his work to the public, but brings to the fore the fact that conservators’ incomes are often lower than they should be and the fact that headline writers choose to ignore what conservators do. The article notes that, according to the AIC, conservators in private practice in the Northeast—one of the most expensive regions of the country—earn between $40,000 and $82,500 a year.  As for the headline, how many conservators when asked what they do, would answer “piece history back together”.  #ConservationintheNews

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