Environmental Research For Art Conservation

This project was initiated by a consortium of galleries and Birkbeck College, London University, with the aim of evaluating the air quality of the indoor environments of museums, art galleries and historic houses containing paintings.

Tests for ascertaining air quality involved the preparation of control samples comprising selected pigment and paint media which were then exposed to determined levels of known pollutant agents. Their behaviour on ageing could then be assessed by means of a molecular monitoring system.

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