For our own comfort, or for our collections? Towards a history of the museum environment

16 Nov

Mattias Legnér – Gotland University, Sweden, and OC STINT Fellow in History (Fall 2010)

Thursday 18 November
12:15 – 1:15 pm, Classroom I, Art Building

The second half of the 20th century saw a rapid expansion of HVAC systems in museums over the world. Climate technology offered the possibility of controlling the environment but proved to be costly and to create its own problems. The desire to control indoor climate – heat, moisture, light – by introducing technology and international standards came to define the field of preventive conservation in the later part of the century.

By studying how indoor climate issues have been considered and dealt with, we can better understand imagined and real relationships between people and objects in museums. It is acknowledged that climate is just one of many important factors when it comes to preserve collections for the future. The lecture focuses on the history of Nationalmuseum, the national museum of art in Stockholm, and how climate issues have been handled in the building over a period of 150 years.

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Visiting Speaker


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