And… Action!

Last week Professor Bratasz presented the results of research and statistical data that confirm the possibility of significant reductions in energy consumption by museums during the discussion of the Panel “Parto of the Problem” at NEMO European Museum Conference 2023 “and… ACTION! Museums in the climate crisis.”, which took place between 9-21 November in Lahti, Finland. The main topic of READ MORE

Discussions about wood

At the end of October, we participated in the Wood Science and Technology III conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where we presented our results within the GRIEG and Preludium projects. Sergii presented a 3D model of a panel painting with an existing crack pattern, Kasia talked about the mechanical properties of tempera paints, and Magda READ MORE

Polish-Slovenian discussion vol.2

We spent the last days of September with the PVCare project partners at a meeting organized by the team of prof. Matija Strlič from the University of Ljubljana. During the second year of joint research on the degradation of objects made of plasticized poly(vinyl chloride), we proposed a plasticizer migration mechanism based on which the READ MORE

Hidden in the Romanesque walls of the monastery

Governed by such curiosity, we decided to visit the recently opened Dominican Museum, located in the 13th-century undergrounds, as well as in the early modern rooms of the Cracow monastery. A collection of stained-glass windows, richly decorated medieval floor tiles, a set of double-sided tempera panel paintings, documents and graduals on parchment are some of READ MORE

We developed a model of particulate matter deposition inside historic buildings

The fruit of several years of our colleague Marcin’s work in the form of an article has just been published in an electronic version in the renowned journal Science of the Total Environment. A theoretical model taking into account the most important – from the point of view of historic interiors – physical processes, such as READ MORE

Workshop in Valencia

The last two weeks have passed on the lectures and courses during the Conserving Canvas workshop in  Valencia held by the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Institute of Conservation Royal Danish Academy with support from the J. Paul Getty Trust Foundation. Among many lectures on the current practices of canvas painting support treatment, Łukasz Bratasz introduced our preventive conservation platform READ MORE

Future of the Past

This was the motto of the conference organized by the Department of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, where we presented the results of our research on cracks in paint layers, mechanical properties of paints and critical deformations of poly(vinyl chloride). The conference was accompanied by the opening of the Center for Research and READ MORE

Science for society

On the first weekend in June, the Science for Society congress organized by the Central Council of Research Institutes in cooperation with the Warsaw University of Technology, the Łukasiewicz Research Network, the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing and the Educational Research Institute took place in the campus of the Warsaw University of Technology. READ MORE

Open position for Research Assistant in our group

If you are currently working on your master’s thesis or have recently obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, materials engineering or physics, but your interests are related to cultural heritage, we are waiting for you! Your future job may involve performing repetitive, standard measurements, but it doesn’t have to! In our group, you will READ MORE

How does the existing craquelure affect the mechanical stability of canvas paintings?

As we mentioned in the previous post How to model the risk of damage for canvas paintings?, following research on mechanical damage in the case of canvas paintings was focused on simulations of stresses induced by the climat variations. Undoubtedly, paintings on canvas are sensitive to climate fluctuations, such as changes in temperature and relative READ MORE