KONS2061 Understanding the indoor climate in museum galleries and archives.

Litterature spring 2017

The digital articles are freely available as pdf files via university networks (ie you have to sit on a University computer, UiO wireless network, or connected via VPN).

The main course book for humidity, temperature and light is:

Garry Thomson, 1986. The museum environment, second edition, Butterworth-Heinemann,


For pollutions the main text book is:

(a)Hatchfield P.B. 2002. Pollutants in the museum environment. Practical strategies for problem solving in design, exhibition and storage, London: Archetype Publications.


Additional course reading is available online. The reading to be done for each class will be advertised in Fronter.


Background Reading

Collection environments, 2014. Conservation Perspectives The GCI Newsletter , Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 29(2).


Lambert, Simon, 2014. The early history of preventive conservation in Great Britain and the United States (1850-1950), CeROArt, 9/2014


Weintraub, Steven, 2006. The museum environment: Transforming the solution into a problem, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Volume 2, Number 3,February 2006, pp. 195–218.


Brown, JP og Rose W. B. 1997. Development of humidity recommendations in museums and moisture control in buildings,. Stanford. s. 1-22

Padfield, T., 1994. The role of standards and guidelines: Are they a substitute for understanding the problem or a protection against the consequences of ignorance? Durability and change: The science, responsibility and cost of sustaining cultural heritage. Ed. W.E. Krumbein et al., Chichester: John Wiley and sons, pp. 191-199.

Case-study: Victoria and Albert Museum. Guidelines for the environmental control for objects on display in future plan


Relative Humidity and temperature

Preventive conservation and Agents of Deterioration, Canadian Conservation Institute, Online

Padfield, T. (ed.): Equations describing the physical properties of moist air, 4 s

Gratten, David and Michalski, Stefan. 2013. Environmental Guidelines for Museums, Canadian Conservation Institute

Monitoring temperature and humidity in museums. Museums Galleries Scotland

Cassar, M. og Hutchings, J.: Relative Humidity and Temperature Pattern Book, 2001. Museums & Galleries Commission. s. 4-40.

Weintraub, Steven, 2002. Demystifying silica gel, Object Specialty Group Postprints (vol. 9), 2002.

Washington, D.C.: American Institute for Conservation.

Shinner, Jerry. 2007. Trends in microclimate control of museum display cases, in Museum Microclimates, Contributions to the conference in Copenhagen, 19-23 November 2007, pp.267-276.

Larsen, P.K. 2007. Climate control in Danish churches, in Museum Microclimates, Contributions to the Copenhagen conference 19-23 November 2207, Copenhagen: The National Museum of Danmark, s. 167-174.




Padfield,T. (ed.): The effect of light on museum objects.


Bowers, L.V. 1993. Lighting Museum objects, Fiber optics at Friendship Hill. CRM, pp. 9-11.


Druzik, J. and Eshøj, B., 2007. 'Museum lighting: its past and future development', Contributions to the conference in Copenhagen 19-23 November 2007, pp. 51-56.


Druzik, J. and Michalski, S. 2011. Guidelines for selecting solid-state lighting for museums, Ottawa: Canadian Conservation Institute and Los Angelos: Getty Conservation Institute.


Weintraub, S. 2010. Comments regarding LED’s and the risk to light sensitive material, The green Task Force, American Institute for Conservation, pp. 1-10.




Lloyd, H., Bendix, C., Brimblecomb, P. and Thicket, D. 2007. Dust in historic libraries, in Museum Microclimates, Contributions to the Copenhagen conference 19-23 November 2207, Copenhagen: The National Museum of Danmark, 135-144.


Lloyd, H. Grossi, C.M., Brimblecombe, P. 2011. Low-technology dust monitoring for historic collections.’ In Journal of the Insitute of Conservation, Vol. 34, No.1, March 2011, 106-116.



Michalski, S., 2007. 'The Ideal Climate, Risk Management, the ASHRAE Chapter, Proofed Fluctuations, and Toward a Full Risk Analysis Model', Experts’ Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies, Tenerife, Spain. Los Angeles: Getty


Camuffo, Dario 2011. Fabric-friendly Heating, www., Cathedral Communications Limited.

Mueller, H.F.O. 2013. ‘Energy efficient museum buildings’. In Renewable energy, Vol.49, pp. 232-236.

De graaf, T., Dessouky, M., Müller, H.F.O. 2014. ‘Sustainable lighting of museum buildings’. in Renewable Energy, Volume 67, pp. 30-34.


Further reading

Erhardt, D. og Mecklenburg, M. 1994. "Relative humidity re-examined" in Preventive conservation. Practice, theory & research, 12.-16. september 1994. IIC, Ottawa Congress. s. 32-38.

Michalski, S. 1993. Relative humidity: A Discussion of Correct/Incorrect Values,. ICOM Committee for Conservation. s. 624-629.

Brown, J. P.1994. "Hygrometic measurement in museums: calibration, accuracy, and the specification of relative humidity" in Preventive conservation. Practice, theory & research, 12. - 16. september 1994. IIC Ottawa Congress. s. 39-43.

Staniforth, S., 1994. Light and environmental measurement and control in National Trust Houses, in Knell S. (ed.) Care of Collections, Routledge, pp. 117-122.

Stolow, N.1994. "The preservation of historic houses and sites: The interface of architectural restoration and collection/display conservation principles, 12. - 16. september 1994. IIC - Preventive Conservation. Practice, Theory and Research. s. 116-122.

Cassar, M.1997. "Objects, people, and space" in Environmental Management, 1997. Routledge. s. 14-21.


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