19th Annual Conference ‘Chemical Analysis in the Protection of Cultural Heritage Objects’

Last week in Warsaw the 19th Conference on “Chemical Analysis in the Protection of Cultural Heritage Objects” convened. This is the only such conference in Poland which gathers experts in art conservation, heritage scientists and students.

How do we perceive works of art before and after renovation? Mr. Piotr Francuz introduced us to the secrets of perception of paintings

Dr. Hab. Łukasz Bratasz chaired one of the sessions, inviting speakers from outside of traditional chemistry and physics to expand our understanding of how other disciplines can aid the protection of  cultural heritage. Through a lecture from dr. Janusz Czop, attendees were acquainted with the emerging Central Warehouse of Museum Collections. Prof. Piotr Francuz, a neuroscientist at the Catholic University of Lublin,  intrigued all with a cognitive analysis of how works of art are viewed and perceived. Finally, Mr. Wiesław Bartkowski explained the mechanisms behind “machine learning” processes that can help automate collection cataloging. These exciting topics and presentations certainly helped refresh our view of the problems we tackle every day.

In the next session, Dr. Marcin Strojecki presented the results of his long-term study of 12 churches, which examined the impact of heating methods on the rate of particle deposition on the walls of these buildings. Through the presentation of his work we hope that a larger group of people deciding about the choice of heating will be able to do it consciously.

Dr. Lindsay Oakley and Magdalena Soboń also represented our group at the conference. The conference was a unique opportunity to develop network with Polish Heritage Science community, particularly for our new member from US. The participation in the conference was possible due to funding provided by the CRAQUELURE project funded by Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

We are glad to participate in such meetings that inspire important discussion and are a unique opportunity to exchange experiences with conservation and science!

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