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Objects conservation

Within this direction the elements of natural science and technical studies are often prominent. In several research projects analysis are done of materials and structures with a view to increasing the understanding of the conditions for practical conservation. Conservation research, however, is also dependent on the humanities and social sciences regarding theories and methods of documentation, historical perspective and evaluation of the various decision-making processes and heritage valuation. Overlaps with research in Built Environment and Crafts are many.

Energy efficiency and preventive conservation

In 2009 a major research project started with several universities involved with the overall aim of creating cognitive prerequisites for combining energy savings with a sensitive indoor climate in cultural and historical buildings. The project will be the basis for developing climate based criteria for conservation. Through case studies in various old structures such as castles and churches with varying degrees of climate control, the effects of moisture and temperature on objects in buildings is studied.

Investigations on material properties

A prominent focus of the department's conservation research is represented by the view on decision-making and actions as an integral process in which risks throughout the chain of influencing factors and interventions and costs are assessed,. In this framework several studies and technical investigations are made of materials with the aim of optimizing and streamlining processes in various fields.

Advanced analyses on dye, pigment and binder are performed both for the development of conservation techniques and to understand the objects’ history. Artificial aging is helpful to understand the conservation needs, to create a better basis for measures on the objects and to improve their environment.

Conservation science

Through investments in laboratory resources at the department, and in cooperation with other departments at University of Gothenburg as well as organisations outside the academia, a departmental competence is created within the internationally established field of conservation science.

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Subject Area Contact Information

For further information, please contact one of the subject area research leaders:
Built Environment:
Professor Ola Wetterberg
Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects:
Professor Elizabeth Peacock

Page Manager: Linda Fröberg|Last update: 12/7/2015

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