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Subject: Change or damage? Defining damage for veneer and marquetry collections--addendum

Change or damage? Defining damage for veneer and marquetry collections--addendum

From: Naomi Luxford <naomiluxford<-at->
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"Change or Damage? Effect of Climate on Decorative Furniture
Surfaces in Historic Properties"
End of post-doctoral fellowship seminar
19 April 2013, UCL

Since May 2010, Change or Damage?


has researched the effect display environments have on veneer and
marquetry furniture surfaces. The project involved a number of
different tasks to further understand these collections and
materials and their response to display conditions. This included:

    Identifying relevant literature data for the RH tolerances of a
    number of related materials.

    Laboratory experiments which imaged the effect of a range of
    fluctuations common to display environments on the surface of
    veneer and marquetry furniture.

    Determining how heritage professionals from a range of
    backgrounds use the terms change and damage in relation to
    veneer and marquetry furniture.

    An in situ trial to determine the practicality of a number of
    analytical techniques and the usability of the data provided.

    Twelve months monitoring of objects on display at the case study
    site (Kenwood House, English Heritage) to determine the impact
    of the display environment on the collection.

    An exhibition to share the research with the visitors at Kenwood
    House and ask for their opinions on what constitutes damage to
    veneer and marquetry furniture.

    Material modelling to understand how the current display
    environment at Kenwood House may change in the future and the
    impact this may have on the collections response.

The half-day, end of project seminar will discuss the findings from
Change or Damage? and how these can be used to improve collections
management.  The seminar will also provide the opportunity to see
the laboratory test samples and analytical techniques in practice.
Additionally Paul van Duin, Head of Furniture Conservation at the
Rijksmuseum will present current, related work being undertaken in
the Climate4Wood project, which is just beginning in the

Refreshments will be provided during the seminar, which is free of
charge to attend, however places are limited to 50 people.  If you
are interested in attending please contact Naomi Luxford

This research is being undertaken in collaboration with English
Heritage and is funded by the AHRC / EPSRC Science and Heritage

    Dr Naomi Luxford
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow
    Centre for Sustainable Heritage
    Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
    Central House
    14 Upper Woburn Place
    London WC1H 0NN, UK
    +44 20 3108 9019

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