European Commission’s funded project to help preserve our treasures

A museum’s job is to conserve cultural heritage for the future, but with a collection of such diverse items as paintings, textile, furniture and jewelry, that is not always an easy task.

Therefore, The Royal Danish Collection is thrilled to be part of the new preventive conservation project CollectionCare. The project is funded by the EU-Commission and the hope is to develop an innovative support system for conservators in small and middle-sized museums all over Europe.

The support system will prove a big help for conservators in the mitigation of the deterioration of art objects over time.

How the system works

The degradation of art objects depends on their material and on the environmental conditions. Factors such as temperature, light, relative humidity and vibrations need to be carefully monitored. The goal of the CollectionCare project is to create an intelligent system that can monitor the environmental conditions of every single object in a collection at every time. The monitoring will work as basis for predictions about the objects’ degradation and provide suggestions for their ideal conservation.

The system will use the newest technology in monitor systems, wireless communication, big data, cloud computing and degradation models in one single system. Sensors connected to every object will send information to ‘the cloud’, where this is compared to the huge database, which then automatically generates a risk analysis and sends that and suggestions for conservation to the personnel in the museum.

Learn more about CollectionCare

CollectionCare will run over 30 months and started in March 2019 with a kick-off meeting in Brussels. The project receives economic funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 project, the world’s biggest program for science and innovation to date. We are extremely happy and proud to be part of a project that focuses on the conservator job across country boarders and disciplines, and we look forward to seeing what the future brings!

If you want to learn more about CollectionCare, you can visit their website or follow their Facebook page. You can also sign up for their newsletter to receive the newest information about the project.

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