Interview with Lars Aasbjerg Jensen

Lars Aasbjerg Jensen is a research scientist in the Conservation Department of the National Museum of Denmark, with a particular interest in the effects of environment on collection materials. An impish character, with a tongue-in-cheek remark always ready for delivery, Lars made IPI's work in Denmark a great deal of fun. Because of his wry sense of humor, we were careful to edit some of his responses so that they wouldn't be misinterpreted by our readers.

Lars Aasbjerg JensenName:                 
Lars Aasbjerg Jensen (the Dane!)                 

Current title:
Conservator, preventive conservation, M.Sc., National Museum of Denmark

Where were you born?
Home in my mother’s bed in Fredensborg, Denmark.

What was your professional training?
Got my B.Sc. from theRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Conservation, Copenghagen, Denmark in 1992.  Worked 5 years as a sculpture conservator (B.Sc.) at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.  Graduated in 2003 (M.Sc.) again from the School of Conservation, Copenhagen, Denmark. Worked with the National Museum of Denmark, Conservation Department, Research, Analysis & Consulting since.

What was your very first job?
Bringing out newspapers near Lake Esrum in all kinds of weather! When the roads were icy my father helped me out – never liked dogs after...

What would your dream job be?
Conservator, preventive conservation (!)

How did your partnership with IPI begin?
In 2002 it became clear that The National Museum of Denmark (NMD) needed to evaluate and upgrade storage facilities. Therefore, NMD and IPI ran a joint three-year research project with the title: Research Project to Document and Assess Collection Storage Environments in the National Museum of Denmark. The project was sponsored by the National Cultural Heritage Agency and started in 2004 and finished in 2006.

Why does the preservation of museum and library collections matter to you?
In my mind I am here to save the world heritage! – Nothing less...I think a great motto for our work would be "To Serve and Protect" (but I fear someone else stole it...)

What is your favorite work of art or your favorite artist?
Don't like art! I am more into old craftsmanship and special objects.

What other hobbies or significant interests do you have?
Bird watching and traditional Taekwondo (got a red belt!)

What book or books would you like to have with you if you were marooned on a desert island?
Stieg Larsons trilogy.

What is your most treasured possession?
My children.

What is your greatest indulgence?
!

What is the most surprising or interesting thing to you about IPI?
IPI keeps on solving our problems and are nice, decent and competent people – they are very knowledgeable but also lots of fun to work with.