Preventive conservation
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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 Collections
A case study of preventive conservation in the context of a historic house museum, Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) in Amsterdam.
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
A multiyear initiative to address research and practical issues related to control and management of collection environments.
Oxygen-Free Museum Cases
Discusses the use of hermetically sealed cases for the long-term conservation of oxygen-sensitive objects.
Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests
Information on the biological mechanisms by which nontoxic gases kill insects; creating and maintaining an anoxic atmosphere; treatments; and procedures for treating objects.
Lessons Learned
Proceedings from the 9th triennial meeting of the International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics in 2005.
Creación de un plan de emergencia: Guía para museos y ...
(Spanish) Step-by-step guide to developing an emergency preparedness and response strategy.
Etablir un plan d'urgence
(French) Step-by-step guide to developing an emergency preparedness and response strategy.
Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art
Examines gels cleaning treatment of paintings and painted works of art.
China Principles
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop conservation guidelines for cultural heritage sites in China.
Museum Lighting Research
Examines to what extent range of techniques for illuminating light-sensitive artworks can be improved.
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.
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.
Lecture: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and ...
Details and video of a live panel discussion presented by the Getty Conservation Institute in April 2009.
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.
Environmental Guidelines for Collections (1999–2002)
Overview and details of a past GCI project for providing a reference for designing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for museums.
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.
Latin American Consortium (1997–2002)
Details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for training to enhance preventive conservation in Latin America.
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.
Preventive Conservation (1990–1995)
A summary of a training course sponsored by the GCI that addressed the management of environmental conditions for collections.
Selective Preventive Conservation Research (1985–1998)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute program of research in preventive conservation.
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.
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.
Disaster Preparedness and Response (1992)
A summary of a workshop on emergency planning for collecting institutions sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Pest Management (1994–1996)
A summary of training courses on pest control in museums sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Facing Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation (2011)
Proceedings of a 2009 Getty symposium examining directions and developments in the field over the previous 15 years. Downloadable in 5 sections.
Researching Florentine Workshop Practice
Seeks to understand how materials used in panel painting and manuscript illumination affect conservation of these works.
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.
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.
Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes
Information Gathering & Assessment related to Wall Painting Conservation at Mogao Grottoes, China
A Safe Place: Storage Strategies for Plastics (Article)
A look at how to store art works made of plastics for preservation.
2015 International Stone Course (News Item)
Applications are now being accepted for this April-July 2015 course in Rome.
Lecture: Object in Transition, Contemporary Voices
Details and video of a panel discussion at the Getty Center featuring artists Rachel Harrison, Paul McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo.
Conference: 6th Int'l Conference - Conservation of Earthen ...
Summary of a conference held in 1990 that focused on the importance of earth as a building material in the Americas.
Conference: Seismic Protection of Historic Buildings and ...
An international colloquium that reviewed seismic stabilization of historic buildings and monuments sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: In Situ Archaeological Conservation (1986)
Summary of a forum to discuss the problems associated with conserving archaeological materials, with special regard for sites and those objects which remain in situ.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property in Asia and the ...
A summary of a symposium that focused on conservation issues in Asia and the Pacific sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Newsletter 15.2 Summer 2000
Newsletter feature article considering the growing importance of preventive conservation in the management of collections.
Conference: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th ...
A summary of a conference sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute devoted to issues regarding the preservation of contemporary art.
Lecture: Art as Evidence: The Scientific Investigation of Works ...
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute panel discussion on December 1, 2009.
Conference: Ancient and Historic Metals: Conservation and ...
Summary of a symposium that addressed the technology, history, structure, and corrosion of ancient and historic metalwork.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property within the ...
Summary of a seminar about the importance of preserving historic city centers and ensembles of cultural property.
Conference: National Summit on Emergency Response
A summary of a conference that focused on the development of a national emergency infrastructure to safeguard cultural heritage.
Newsletter 7.1 Winter 1992
Newsletter feature article examining preventive conservation and its significance for cultural heritage preservation.
Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests

The Feasibility of Using Modified Atmospheres to Control ...
A study to determine if controlled or modified atmospheres were lethal and establish minimum time to kill insects likely to infest objects in museums.
Collections Theft Response Procedures
Provides guidance to the multiple functions involved in theft response, and suggest actions to take before and after the incident.
The Conservation Assessment: A Proposed Model
A proposed model for evaluating museum environmental management needs.
Passé, présent et futur des palais et sites royaux d'Abomey
Proceedings of a 1997 conference of stakeholders and those working at site of the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin.
Protection of Works of Art From Atmospheric Ozone
A summary of Protection of Works of Art from Photochemical Smog. Environmental Quality Laboratory Report 28, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Airborne Particles in Museums

Conference: Modern Paints Uncovered Symposium
Summary of the 2006 Modern Paints Uncovered symposium, co-organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Tate, and the National Gallery of Art.
Conference: The Object in Transition
Information about The Object in Transition, a conference held at the Getty Center in January 2008.
Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings Proceedings (1998 ...
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995. Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
Museum Lighting Research

Newsletter 22.1 Spring 2007
Newsletter article on a climate control case study at the Casa de Rui Barbosa Museum in Rio de Janeiro.
Proceedings of the GSAP 2006 Colloquium
Proceedings of the Getty Seismic Adobe Project 2006 Colloquium. Available in in 23 downloadable sections or as one PDF file.
Newsletter 10.1 Spring 1995
Newsletter article examining efforts by conservation organizations to develop strategic responses to natural disasters.
Newsletter 7.1 Winter 1992
Newsletter article concerning a workshop on emergency preparedness and response for museums.
Building an Emergency Plan: Guide for Museums & Cultural ...
Step-by-step guide to develop an emergency preparedness and response strategy. Also in French & Spanish.
Newsletter 15.2 Summer 2000
Newsletter discussion on preventive conservation with Catherine Antomarchi, Colin Pearson, and Luis Souza.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter article on a colloquium held in Quito, Ecuador, on seismic stabilization for historic buildings, May-June 1993.
Newsletter 14.1 Spring 1999
Newsletter article examining a Getty Conservation Institute research project to retrofit historic adobe structures.
Resources - Newsletter 9.3 Fall 1994 (Getty Conservation)
Newsletter article about seismic stabilization of historic structures in the Balkans by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Newsletter 16.3 Fall 2001
Newsletter article discussing the Latin American Consortium - a network of conservation educators organized by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Newsletter 19.1 Spring 2004
Newsletter article on alternative climate controls for historic buildings.
Collaborative Research (Article)
Working with the alternative photographic process community. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012
Photographs under the Loupe of Science (Article)
Identifying photographic processes and variants with a portable laboratory. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012
Presentation and Interpretation in Cave 85 (News Item)
Raised platform and new lighting enhance visitor experience at Mogao Grottoes cave. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 22.1 Spring 2007
Newsletter feature article on preventive conservation, sustainability, and environmental management.
Newsletter 22.1 Spring 2007
Newsletter article on a preventive conservation case study at the Our Lord in the Attic Museum, Amsterdam.
A Note from the Director (Article)
Foreword from Director Tim Whalen on this issue focused on photograph conservation. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 22.1 Spring 2007
Newsletter roundtable discussion about environmental management.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter article on a conference in Cairo, Egypt, convened to expedite assistance in the aftermath of the 1992 earthquake.
Guidelines for Solid-State Lighting (News Item)
Compares LED to traditional lighting and gives DOE resources for further information. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 8.2 Summer 1993
Newsletter article about initiatives of the Commission on Preservation and Access to preserve library collections.
Newsletter 8.2 Summer 1993
Newsletter article examining
Newsletter 8.1 Winter 1993
Newsletter feature article examining environmental research conducted by the scientists of the Getty Conservation Institute.
MOSAIKON Update (News Item)
Information on recent technician training and model field-project work for this initiative. From Vol. 27.2, Fall 2012
Newsletter 13.1 Spring 1998
Newsletter article discussing issues associated with the theft and recovery of art and antiquities.
Newsletter 16.2 Summer 2001
Newsletter feature article examining the destruction of world cultural heritage.
Newsletter 16.2 Summer 2001
Newsletter discussion on international laws protecting cultural heritage with Lyndell Prott, director of UNESCO's division of Cultural Heritage.
Newsletter 19.1 Spring 2004
Newsletter article on research in museum lighting for works on paper.
Newsletter 23.1 Spring 2008
Newsletter article on protecting cultural heritage during armed conflicts.
Newsletter 23.1 Spring 2008
Newsletter article on the state of cultural heritage in New Orleans two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina.
Newsletter 23.1 Spring 2008
Newsletter discussion about disaster management and cultural heritage.
The Ideal Climate, Risk Management, the ASHRAE Chapter ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Experts' Bibliography
Selected research in climate management from participants in the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies.
Investigations of Climate Control Alternatives for Cultural ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
From Conservation Heating to Slow
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Providing Safe and Practical Environments for Cultural ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Microbial Contamination in Museums & Archives—Health ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Climate Control Systems Design: Twenty-Five Years Later & ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management ...
Edited transcript from this 2007 GCI-sponsored experts’ meeting in Tenerife, Spain.
Climate-induced Damage of Wood: Numerical Modeling and ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Museum Passive Buildings in Warm Humid Climates
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Newsletter 19.1 Spring 2004
Newsletter article exploring the practice of preventive conservation.
Newsletter 19.1 Spring 2004
Newsletter discussion about implementing preventive conservation.
Newsletter 22.3 Fall 2007
Newsletter article on Research on Museum Lighting, a Getty Conservation Institute project.
Church Heating: Balance Between Conservation & Thermal ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.