Preventive solutions for Sensitive Materials of Cultural Heritage

Preventive conservation (PC) has emerged as an important approach to save and ensure long-term health of sensitive cultural heritage (CH) movable artefacts currently displayed in inappropriate environmental conditions in small and medium EU museums. The aim of SensMat is to develop and implement innovative, low cost and user-friendly tools, including a decision making tool, with recommendations and guidelines for museum management and staff in charge of collection preservation. SensMat methodology will combine the results of a preliminary survey involving SensMat advisory group and relevant stakeholders’ feedbacks (cultural institutions, regions, certifications organisms, academies, museums, industrials) and include 8 WPs driven by a consortium with strong capacity to provide a new preventive solution achieving a TRL 7 maturity. SensMat concept is built around new sensors systems that monitor collection environments and continuously assess specific materials degradations. Based on multiscale modelling, data management systems, collaborative platforms and sensor communication networks (IoT), museums stakeholders will be informed in real-time of possible dangers to their artefacts, thus reducing degradation risks and costly conservation treatment. 10 representative case studies in museums , historical buildings, storage sites and workshops (in Denmark, France and Austria), knowledge transfer, specific trainings, and recommendations of best practices will facilitate standardization, strategy implementation, new policy definition, and finally adoption of the new PCCH solution by all CH stakeholders.

Additional Information

Duration: 01.01.2019 - 28.02.2022

Funding Source: EU - Horizon2020

Coordinator: CIRM

Project leaders at TU Graz: Alexander Bergmann, Markus Krüger