Web Talk: Sustainable Museum Lighting

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 15:00

Icon Environmental Sustainability Network
Speaker: David Saunders
Date: Tuesday 9th February 2021
Time: 1500 – 1600 GMT

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FFh1y-wtQx2Lee3C6CwVMw

As museums, galleries and historic houses have endeavoured to become more sustainable, a great deal of attention has been paid to heating, cooling, humidification and dehumidification, as these are energy intensive and expensive. Guidelines for climatic conditions for collections have frequently been revised to balance better the environmental needs of collections and the energy consumption required to achieve these conditions. Because it represents a lesser proportion of energy usage, lighting has often been a secondary consideration. When the sustainability of lighting is considered, it has largely been a matter of reducing the cost of electric lighting, through decreased energy use and less frequent lamp replacement. This talk will explore the steps already taken by museums to increase the sustainability of lighting and how current and new lighting and control technologies and practices can be assessed in relation to a number of different measures of sustainability.

Dr David Saunders
Honorary Research Fellow at the British Museum (previously Keeper of Conservation and Scientific Research 2005–2015). Principal Scientific Officer at the National Gallery 1985–2005. Visiting professor at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, UCL since 2017 and the Conservation Center, NYU 2018. Guest scholar the Getty Conservation Institute 2015–16 and inaugural Getty/Rothschild Fellow at the Getty Research Institute and Waddesdon Manor in 2017. IIC Fellow, member of IIC Council and editor of Studies in Conservation 1990–2011. Research interests include the deterioration of museum objects, particularly by light, preventive conservation, and scientific examination of museum objects, especially non-invasive techniques.

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