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Course Current Issues in Light and UV Deterioration
Date offered TBA
Location TBA
Instructor Stefan Michalski
Institution Canadian Conservation Institute

Course Outline


This seminar will provide current information on state-of-the-art tools and resources concerning light damage to artifacts.


Through lectures and slide presentations, rates and predictions related to light damage and UV damage will be discussed, along with various types of UV filters. Visibility issues will be demonstrated, including the role of light intensity, viewer's age, visual contrast, artifact qualities, and the visual task. Methods to predict lux levels from windows and electric lights will be explained. Problem-solving discussions of specific collections and situations brought forward by participants will be encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Target Audience

Conservators, exhibit designers, lighting consultants, and facility planners

Attendance: Flexible

Note: With less than 10 participants, the primary emphasis will be on demonstrations and lectures.

Duration: 1 day

Note: This workshop can be combined with "Current Issues in the Response of Wooden Artifacts to Relative Humidity" for a 3-day package.

Instructor(s): Stefan Michalski

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