"A tool, which is easy to handle at a reasonable price for the assessment of environmental impact on indoor cultural heritage", this was the aim of an European Project, called MEMORI which is coordinated by the Norwegian Institute for Air research.  The results of the 3 years research and application task were presented at a conference on October 4th, 2013 hold in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

The Spanish organizer S.I.T. Grupo Empresarial, S.L could welcome more than 100 participants coming from 20 nations all over the world. The high interest caused, because museums, art collections, conservation enterprises, insurance companies, and art transport companies have to face the same problem: Heritage objects on exhibition, in storage or in transit may come into contact with a degrading environment. Indoor climate including temperature, humidity and air flow conditions as well as light (visible and UV) are often measured in heritage institutions, however, air pollution is seldom measured. Now, by help of the newly developed MEMORI measuring device, the indoor air quality can be evaluated easily. Moreover, another important task of the project was to study and analyze the effects of organic acids on organic objects in museums, libraries, and archives, which was never done before in this extense.

Jorge Garcia, director of the Reina Sofia Conservation and Restoration department, expressed his interest during his introduction speech about the MEMORI dosimeter. Afterwards, the scientists, conservators and economists of the MEMORI consortium presented in several sessions, how the MEMORI dosimeter does work and how the prototype of the dosimeter is adapted to the market. "The prototype of the MEMORI dosimeter had been successfully tested in more than 16 European museums. This tool will be useful for conservators and curators to identify the risks of environmental impacts on sensitive cultural assets", so Katrin Wittstadt, director of the conservation sciences department of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC in Germany. Moreover, the MEMORI consortium presented state-of-the-art recommendations for the mitigation strategies of airborne pollutants in museums enclosures to give advice and support.

The presentations given during the conference can be found here for download.



Figure: MEMORI project consortium at the conference venue Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

Subprogramme Area: Non-destructive diagnosis technologies for the safe conservation of movable cultural assets
Contract type: SP1-Cooperation. Collaborative project.Small or medium-scale focused research project . FP7-ENV-201
Grant Agreement No. 265132
Duration: November 2010 - October 2013



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