Project Descriptions
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Conservation of Mosaics in Situ (1998—2009)
Details of a GCI project addressing a number of important issues related to the conservation and management of ancient mosaic pavements in situ.
Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
A series of workshops to disseminate new procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about lacquered objects.
DISCO: Data Integration for Conservation Science
A project to develop data integration tools to facilitate extraction and sharing of conservation-related information.
Pollutants in the Museum Environment (1985–1998)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that examined the risks posed to museum collections by atmospheric pollutants.
Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment
Developing methodologies and tools to guide the design of new buildings in historic contexts and assess their impacts.
Collections Research Laboratory
Overview of the GCI’s work in collections research in the areas of antiquities, manuscripts, sculptures and decorative arts, and paintings.
Mechanical Characterization of Materials

Gels Cleaning Research (1998–2003)
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project on the use of solvent-based gels as cleaning systems for surfaces.
Southern African Rock Art Project
Overview and details of a GCI project to strengthen rock art preservation, conservation, accessibility, and management in the Southern African region.
Recording, Documentation, Info. Mgmt. Initiative (RecorDIM) ...
Overview and details of a GCI project to identify and bridge the gaps between providers of recording and documentation tools and their users.
Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers
Series of regional training courses in the conservation and management of archaeological sites.
Earthen Architecture Initiative
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute initiative to advance the conservation of earthen architecture worldwide.
ARIS (2005–2009)
Overview and details of the Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM sponsored advanced course in architectural conservation, ARIS.
UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic ...
Information on the master's degree program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation offered by UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Organic Materials in Wall Paintings (2003–2010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to improve wall paintings conservation through identification of organic materials used as binders.
Nitrogen Anoxia Research (1987–1999)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focused on researching nitrogen environments to prevent museum objects from deterioration.
Preservation of Photographs and Photograph Collections
Overview of a Getty Conservation Institute project to offer a series of photo conservation training courses.
Preservation of Plastics
Surveying plastic objects in design collections
Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for the Kasbah of ...
Developing a methodology for conservation & rehabilitation of this traditional earthen ensemble.
Binding Media (1989–1999)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project that focused on developing methodologies to identify binding media in paint.
Magnesian Limestone Project (2004–2009)
Overview of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop conservation interventions for magnesian limestone.
Wall Paintings Conservation at Mogao Grottoes
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project researching the deterioration of wall paintings at the Mogao Grottoes in China.
Conservation of Amιrica Tropical
A Getty Conservation Institute project on the conservation of the David Alfaro Siqueiros mural America Tropical in LA.
Conservation of Wall Paintings (1985–1991)
A summary of a 3-year diploma course on the conservation of wall paintings sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Hominid Trackway at Laetoli (1992–1998)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for the reburial and conservation of hominid footprints in Laetoli, Tanzania.
Characterization of European and Asian Lacquers
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop an analytical method to identify organic materials in Asian and European lacquers.
Quito (1991–1997)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project that helped to preserve the historic colonial city center of Quito, Ecuador.
Cleaning of Paintings (1987–1989)
A summary of training courses that emphasized the use of new methods and materials for the cleaning of paintings sponsored by the GCI.
Preservation of Plastics
Publications and websites related to plastics conservation
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces

Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey (1991-1997)
Overview of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for the conservation of the Salle des Bijoux in the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin.
Directors' Retreats (2002-2008)
Details of a GCI project to enhance conservation education by providing retreat opportunities for senior-level educators.
Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan ...
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop a GIS for the Department of Antiquities in Jordan.
Collections in Hot & Humid Environments (1997–2002)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project addressing climate control issues in hot humid regions.
Disaster Preparedness and Response (1992)
A summary of a workshop on emergency planning for collecting institutions sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Valley of the Queens
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project for the conservation and management of the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt.
Poultice Desalination of Porous Building Materials 2010
Details of a workshop on poultice desalination of building materials in New Orleans, May 2010.
Insect Control with the Fumigant Vikane (1986–1990)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to investigate potential adverse effects of Vikane on museum artifacts and historic structures.
Surface Treatment Strategies for Outdoor Painted Sculpture
List of partners and team members for this workshop series for conservators
Asian Organic Colorants (2006–2010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to develop a strategy for the analysis of Chinese colorants used as textile dyes and organic pigments.
Athenian Pottery Project
Scientific research to understand, the materials and techniques employed to create the iconic red and black figure pottery of ancient Athens.
Permanence and Application of Conservation Materials (1983 ...
Overview and details of a past GCI program of research into the permanence and application of conservation materials.
Panel Paintings Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project on educational resources and training opportunities in the structural treatment of panel paintings.
Surface Treatment Strategies for Outdoor Painted Sculpture
Overview of this workshop series for conservators
Conservation of Photographic Materials (1987–1994)
A summary of training courses on the conservation and preventive care of photographic materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project to enhance practices in conservation and management of historic cities and urban settlements.
MOSAIKON Initiative
Initiative dedicated to improving the conservation, presentation and maintenance of mosaics in the southern and eastern Mediterranean.
Bulla Regia Model Conservation Project
Through planning and conservation activities at one site, this project aims to demonstrate best practices in the conservation of in situ mosaics.
Collection Environment Field Activities
A project examining real-life situations in the field in order to investigate environmental strategies for collections
Terra (1998–2005)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that promotes earthen architectural heritage conservation through international cooperation.
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
This initiative seeks to identify and address conservation challenges to modern architecture through a research and implementation program.
Alternative Climate Controls for Historic Buildings (2003–2010 ...
Details of a GCI project on climate control strategies for improving collection environments in historical buildings in hot and humid regions.
Organization of World Heritage Cities World Symposia (2003 ...
Overview and details of a collaborative GCI project to organize World Symposia for the Organization of World Heritage Cities.
Preventive Conservation (1990–1995)
A summary of a training course sponsored by the GCI that addressed the management of environmental conditions for collections.
Collection-Environment Field Activities
Assessing museum collections housed in in challenging environments
Videos | Getty Conservation Institute
A selection of videos produced by the Getty Conservation Institute.
China Principles
National guidelines for cultural heritage conservation and management in China.
Mechanical Characterization of Materials

Adobe Consolidation (1988–1995)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that carried out long-term research on adobe consolidation at Fort Selden, New Mexico.
Latin American Consortium (1997–2002)
Details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for training to enhance preventive conservation in Latin America.
Alternative Backing Methods for Lifted Mosaics
This project aims to address the urgent need for developing sustainable solutions to the conservation of mosaics.
Site Conservation at Mogao and Yungang Grottoes (1990 ...
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project for the implementation of site conservation strategies in China.
Art in LA
A study of materials and fabrication processes by L.A.-based artists and implications these have for conservation.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces

Management Planning (2009–2013)
Overview of a Getty Conservation Institute project to identify needs in heritage management and to develop ways to address gaps in the field.
Archaeological Conservation and Site Management (1987 ...
A summary of training courses on the care and conservation of archaeological sites and materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Tomb of Nefertari (1986–1992)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that addressed the conservation of the tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, Egypt.
Preservation of Plastics
Long-term project to study wide range of plastics to understand how to prevent or slow down their degradation.
Documenting Spiral Jetty (2009)
Multimedia presentation of documentation work conducted at Spiral Jetty, a monumental earthwork in Utah.
Preservation of Plastics
Objects and samples of most common plastics found in museum collections
Maya Initiative (1999–2009)
Overview and details of a past GCI initiative to reinforce and develop conservation practices in order to resolve common problems in the Maya region.
Seismic Retrofitting Project
Seismic retrofitting techniques and maintenance programs for earthen buildings in Peru.
Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management (2004 ...
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project on integrated emergency management for museums and other cultural institutions.
Stone Deterioration & Treatment (1986–1991)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute program of research into the deterioration and treatment of stone materials.
Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to evaluate injection grouts for conservation of architectural surfaces.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
Information on the July 2017 CAPS workshop at Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Desalination of Porous Building Materials (2006–2010)
Overview of a past GCI project to establish guidelines for conservators on the use of desalination systems for building materials.
Los Angeles Historic Resource Survey Project
Research and implementation of a comprehensive citywide survey in partnership with City of Los Angeles.
Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen
A five-year collaborative project for conservation and management of the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Mechanical Characterization of Materials

Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
May 2017 workshop in Amsterdam exploring newly developed analytical procedures
Eames House Conservation Project
A collaborative project to develop a long-term conservation management and maintenance plan for the 1949 home of Ray and Charles Eames.
Preservation of Plastics
Applying research on plastics to case studies
Rock Art of Baja California (1994–1996)
Overview and details of a past GCI project for the conservation of cave paintings in the Sierra de San Francisco, Baja California, Mexico.
Performance of Pollutant Adsorbents (2001–2003)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to increase protection of objects in microenvironments from attack by gaseous air pollutants.
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
Developing a toolkit for quantifying climate-induced change in wooden objects
Conservation Guest Scholars, Postdoctoral Fellowships & ...
Information on the conservation guest scholar and postdoctoral fellowship programs at the Getty Conservation Institute.
Preservation of Plastics
Repair studies exploring materials and methods to repair plastics
Researching Florentine Workshop Practice
Seeks to understand how materials used in panel painting and manuscript illumination affect conservation of these works.
Heritage Values, Stakeholders and Consensus Building
Overview of a Conservation Institute project to advance the ability of heritage professionals to constructively engage with stakeholders.
Historic Buildings, Collections and Sites (2002–2003)
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute course offered in partnership with University College London.
Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative (2004-2011)
Overview and details of a GCI project to repair Iraqi cultural heritage, and rebuild Iraqi conservation and heritage management capacity.
Preservation of Plastics
Partners, collaborators, and team members for the project
Research into Practice Initiative
Develops training workshops, colloquia, and similar events to present scientific advances from research undertaken by the GCI and its partners.
Urban Conservation Planning in Southeast Asia
Practical courses for Malaysian urban planners and architects that emphasize internationally recognized urban conservation planning methodologies.
Preservation of Plastics
Investigating treatment options for degraded cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate
Outdoor Sculpture
Details of a GCI project to research paints used in twentieth-and twenty-first-century outdoor painted works of art.
Chaco Canyon (1991–1996)
Overview of a past Getty Conservation Institute project in Chaco Canyon to investigate protective strategies for preserving archaeological sites.
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
A multiyear initiative to address research and practical issues related to control and management of collection environments.
Conservation of Polychromed Wooden Altarpieces (2000 ...
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project to conserve polychromed wooden altarpieces.