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The CRCC, partner of a symposium on colour vision in memory of Yves Le Grand

The CRCC organized and hosted a symposium on colour vision in memory of Yves Le Grand, 18 and 19 April 2013.
More info here: http://colloque.mnhn.fr/ciesymposiumlegrand/


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International Conference : Cultural Heritage Conservation Science & Sustainable Development - Paris, 23 - 25 October 2013

Call for papers
Cultural Heritage Conservation Science & Sustainable Development:
Experience, Research and Innovation
Cultural Heritage Conservation Science is indeed a present-day field and has undergone much development recently; furthermore, it has been developing at a very fast pace since the late 20th century. It is now imperative to take ecological, economic and social aspects into consideration when looking at the solutions that scientific research brings today. By taking these new (...)

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The CRCC host the lecture on consolidating adhesives by Rebecca Ploeger

Rebecca Ploeger, Research Fellow, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, will give a lecture about consolidating adhesives at the CRCC
Tuesday 25th September 2012 at 11 am
CRCC conference room
36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
Free entrance upon reservation
Language: English
More information about the subject here.
For more info and reservation, please contact Alban Fournier. (...)

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Launch of the book "Preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collection" coordinated by the CRCC

POPART consortium, a FP7 program coordinated by the CRCC, has released a book presenting the results of the research done through the 4 years of POPART project.
"Preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collections"
Edited by the CTHS
Order the book here:
at the CTHS éditions
e-mail of the CTHS éditions
on amazon


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The CRCC is hosting 2 invited researchers: Tatiana Velikova (National Library of Russia) and Rudolph Gschwind (Pr. at Basel University)

The CRCC welcomes two foreign scientists:
Tatiana Velikova, deputy director of the federal center for conservation of the National Library of Russia, for research on biodeterioration air quality in libraries storage areas, with Malalanirina Rakotonirainy. She is working in the frame of a fellowship program of the city of Paris.
Pr Rudolph Gschwind from Basel Unversity, is collaborating with Véronique Rouchon to develop a polynomial texture mapping software for the filigrees. (...)

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Newton medal awarded to Pr Françoise Viénot

About every two years the Colour Group awards its Newton Medal to a distinguished worker in the field of colour science.
This year, the Colour Group has awarded Françoise Viénot, Professor MNHN at the CRCC, the 2012 Newton medal in recognition of her outstanding contributions to colour and colour science
Françoise Viénot short CV
Publications list.
Website of the Colour Group (...)

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Workshop ‘Research on Asian Papers’ organized by the CRCC in the Framework of Hubert Curien Partnerships

In the framework of Hubert Curien Partnerships of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (France), the National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (Korea) and the Fudan University (China) announce the workshop titled
‘Research on Asian Papers’
Date: Friday 21 October 2011
Location: Institut national du patrimoine (INP) Galerie Colbert
2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris, France
Floor 3, (...)

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Workshop on the wet/dry interface in paper at the CRCC in the frame of the PICS CNRS France - USA

In the framework of the CNRS International Programme of Scientific Cooperation (PICS) – France - USA, the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (Paris) and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) announce the workshop:
Wet/dry interface in paper: research on cellulose degradation and application to the conservation treatment of cultural works on paper
Date: 27 June 2011
Location: CRCC, salle de conférences Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (...)

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POPART project conference, 7-9 March 2012, Paris

“Preservation Of Plastic ARTefacts in museum collections”
The POPART project
POPART consortium organizes an international conference to disseminate the results of the project lead by the CRCC.
7 - 9 March 2012, PARIS, France
Venue: Auditorium Colbert, 2 rue de Vivienne, 75001 Paris, France
More info and registration here

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Symposium Preserving Endangered Audio Media co-organized by the CRCC - Berlin, June 9-10th, 2011

The CRCC takes part in the International Symposium on the preservation of endangered audio media in Berlin, June 9-10th, 2011.
The workshop is open to everyone. The subject matter is of particular interest to conservators, conservation scientists, registrars, museum curators and professionals involved in handling physical audio-media.
The workshop is co-organized by the Ethnologisches Museum and the Rathgen-Forschungslabor with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and supported by the CRCC, the (...)

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AXA-Art funds the CRCC for the preservation of the photographic heritage

Following AXA Art global’s successful sponsorship of the Conservation Project with the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, Tate Gallery, UK, AXA Art can now announce its new conservation project: AXA Art is providing a grant for some groundbreaking preventive conservation research to be done at the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections in France.
Collections of photographs have enjoyed a continued success and growth over the past 20 years.
Unfortunately, some (...)

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Initiative for the conservation of photographs at the Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding a 4 year initiative to support the establishment of a photograph conservation department at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
This initiative drived by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works would represent an additional, highly significant chapter in The Mellon Foundation’s longstanding generous commitment to develop the field of photograph conservation (a field that does not (...)

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Launch of the website "Autochromes Lumière"

Bertrand Lavédrine, director of the CRCC, and Jean-Paul Gandolfo, professor at the "Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière", contributed to the creation of the French website "La photographie des couleurs, Autochromes Lumière".
Runned by the French Ministry of Culture, the aim of this website is to inform about the work done since a long time on the conservation of autochromes.
You will be able to find information about the historical context of this revolutionary device, understand the technical (...)

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Publications on Stradivari’s varnishes extracted from Jean-Philippe Echard’s PhD research

Article "The Nature of the Extraordinary Finish of Stradivari’s Instruments" published in the « Angewandte Chemie International Edition » (online publication 04/12/2009)
The « New York Times » and « Le Monde » have successively echoed the work of Jean-Philippe Echard, PhD student at the CRCC.
Enrolled at the PhD school of MNHN*, his thesis focuses on the characterization of the natural varnishes coating old instruments.
The studies, led as part of an international cooperation, especially (...)

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Asian papers: building a technical and historical database about papers from Asia

The CRCC is getting involved into a new collaborative research focused on the study of Asian papers.
Overview:
Papermaking, which began in China more than two millennia ago, is a typical example of the long-lasting effects human industries have had on the evolution of societies. Whereas preparation methods and historical evolution of paper in Europe and North America are thoroughly studied, Asian papers in western collections are often misidentified. Furthermore, technological research on (...)

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TV report about POPART European project

In the frame of its program "Futuris", a team of the news channel Euronews made an 8-minute report about POPART and the issue of the preservation of plastic artefacts at the CRCC and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
See the report here, on the Euronews website.


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MYCOTA : a cultural heritage fungus contaminant database

MYCOTA is a database on cultural heritage moulds compiled by the CRCC and based upon its expertise in this field.
It is primarily intended for conservation and restoration experts.
http://mycota-crcc.mnhn.fr


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2 new books on photography at the CRCC

The CRCC is proud to announce the release of its latest publications :
"Photographs of the Past : Process and Preservation" by Bertrand Lavédrine - Los Angeles, The Getty Conservation Institute.
"L’autochrome Lumière, secrets d’atelier et défis industriels" by Bertrand Lavédrine and Jean-Paul Gandolfo, with the contribution of Christine Capderou and Ronan Guinée - Paris, CTHS éditions.
"(re)Connaître et conserver les photographies anciennes - new edition" by Bertrand Lavédrine (CRCC) - Paris, (...)

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The CRCC has been training photograph conservation at the Middle East Photograph Preservation Institute (MEPPI) In Beyruth, Lebanon

The MEPPI brought together keepers of collections throughout the Middle East for an intensive two weeks course in preservation of photographs starting January 13th 2009.
The workshop was co-directed by Debra Hess Norris, Art Conservation Department Chair at the University of Delaware, and Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The workshop was funded by the Getty Foundation with additional funding by the Andrew W. Mellon (...)

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The CRCC is involved in the ICCROM course in India on the preservation of audio-visual archives

The CRCC will run the course
"SOIMA 2009: SAFEGUARDING SOUND AND IMAGE COLLECTIONS"
It will take place in New Delhi from November 17th to December 11th 2009.
This course intended for the young professionals in charge of these collections is organized by the ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and the NRLC (National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural property), Lucknow, India.
For more information, go to ICCROM (...)

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The CRCC is coordinating 2 new projects of the Ministry of Culture on Cultural Heritage conservation

The CRCC is coordinating 2 new research projects in the frame of the national program on cultural heritage materials conservation funding by the French Ministry of Culture and communication :
Setting of a methodology for the identification and quantification of mycotoxins on moldy parpers
More information in French here.
Preservation of specimens fluid-preserved collections: analisis and evaluation of specimen alterations, Setting up protocols with formalin substitute fixatives, and (...)

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New collaboration agreement between the CRCC and the NRICH (Korea)

The CRCC and the Korean National Research Institute of Cutural Heritage (NRICH) signed a scientific cooperation agreement for the next 3 years.
Pr Bertrand Lavédrine, director of the CRCC, and Dr Bong-gon Kim, director of the NRICH,
DAEJEON, October, 1st, 2008

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Popart European project

From October 1st 2008 onwards, the CRCC will manage an international research project to investigate degradation and provide practical conservation guidance for plastic items in our cultural heritage.
This work is financially supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.
This international project called Popart aims to develop a European wide accepted strategy that improves preservation and maintenance of plastics objects in museum collections. It focuses on (...)

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Launch of an international project of scientific cooperation with the National Gallery of Art (Washington)

The CRCC and the NGA are starting this year an international project of scientific collaboration which will study the formation of tidelines in paper – brown lines which form at a wet/dry interface.
Thanks to this three-year project financed by the CNRS, the two teams will intensify their collaboration on this subject, particularly by jointly overseeing the preparation of a post-doctoral research and by organizing an international colloquium in 2010.
Presentation of the project :
The (...)

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