Biodeterioration in Museums—Observations
The understanding and awareness of the occurrence and importance of microbiologically caused deterioration within a museum context vary considerably from institute to institute within the art conservation community. While understanding the nature and severity of a microbiological problem is difficult in itself, perhaps even more difficult is prescribing a safe and effective treatment for an object of artistic of cultural value. This introduction will review some of the issues art conservators face when confronted with a microbiological problem. Suggestions are made towards bridging the gap between conservation and research in the field; in addition, suggestions on directions for future research are included.
KeywordsEthylene Oxide Methyl Bromide Conservation Institute Metropolitan Museum Conservation Field
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