Category Environment

Environmental control for collections in an international context: a Canadian case study

  *by Scott A Orr  Environmental control is an inconceivably important aspect in managing heritage collections for which many guidelines and specifications have been developed. These guidelines should be contextualised by international climate variability and consider the integral contribution of building envelopes in managing heritage environments. Temperature and relative humidity are two important factors in […]

The Indoor Air Quality – In heritage and historic environments Conference. Where do we go from here?

By Sarah Hunt This years’ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Heritage and Historic Environments conference, hosted by Birmingham Museums, took place on 3-4 March 2016. With 25 talks, a plethora of topics were covered including research on indoor pollutants, dust, display case design and artefact damage; topics the average museum-goer wouldn’t give a second thought. […]

Water and historical buildings: modelling from the global- to micro-scale

By Scott Allan Orr In celebration of British Science Week (11–20 March 2016), we are highlighting some heritage science projects, news, and topics that may be of interest. Many people are interested in the interplay between moisture and historical buildings to understand the governing physical principles and inform conservation policy. This is especially pertinent in […]

Managing Cultural Heritage in a Climate Change(d) Future

On November 9-10, 2015, the Smithsonian Institution and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) came together in Washington, DC for a UK-US Heritage Science Workshop. The event was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the AHRC, a UK Research Council that funds arts and humanities research and postgraduate study. The presentations and panel focused […]

Do environmental fluctuations matter to book and paper collections?

by Yun Liu The impact of environmental fluctuations on paper degradation has always been of great interest to the conservation community. It is not only because paper is one of the heritage materials that are known as being sensitive to environmental conditions, but also because it is extremely challenging to keep microclimate constant, even under […]

The heritage of wind

by Josep Grau-Bove Designing with wind The city of Hyderabad, close to the mouth of the river Indus, was once known to travelers by a very poetic name: ‘manghan jo shaharu’, which in the local Sindh language means “the city of wind catchers”. It had the most peculiar skyline: thousands of chimneys emerged from the […]