January 25, 2022
IPI is pleased to announce the publication of the Second Edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Conservation Science: Heritage Materials, co-edited by our Director of Research, Emma J Richardson. To achieve greatest impact, conservation science requires close collaboration with key stakeholders such as conservators, curators, artists and the public, providing context for scientific analysis and ensuring critical questions are addressed. The aim of this book is to provide a starting point for dialogue between allied disciplines and a common language of understanding for materials science and materials analysis in conservation. Building on the first edition of Conservation Science (May & Jones 2006), which provided an emphasis on archaeological materials and contexts, this new edition includes additional material types and emphasizes the application of currently available methods of analysis and data processing that have emerged in the past decade. These are presented alongside notable case studies for each class of material.
With contributions by scientists working across the cultural sector, this textbook will interest students, scientists involved in conservation, and conservators who want to develop their understanding of collections at a material level.
More information and ordering: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/ebook/978-1-78801-093-1
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is looking for an early career researcher to join the team as Postdoctoral Researcher. This 30-month postdoctoral position offers the opportunity to gain experience of applied materials characterization and data analytics within the cultural heritage field.
The Image Permanence Institute received a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the amount of $711,598 to support a three-year research project that will study the relationship between equilibrium moisture content (EMC) and the physical stability of plastics and plastic composite artifacts found in museums.
This month, IPI is completing the first year of a three-year research project aimed at building a foundational understanding of how museums are creating, collecting, and consuming 3D printed objects. In May and June of 2022, project work included an online survey assessing how collecting institutions are using 3D printing and interacting with 3D printed objects and materials across a broad range of activities.
Founded by host Hilary Wilson, Green Museum - a podcast explores the topic of sustainability within the arts and cultural heritage sector. IPI staff Kelly Krish, Al Carver-Kubik, and Meredith Noyes were Hilary’s guests for episode seven, Sustainable Preservation at the Image Permanence Institute.