Untethered at Blyth Gallery

Investigating, modelling and preventing deterioration in display and transport of cultural objects

Example project

The effect of relative humidity variations on cracking in panel paintings 

Whilst some gallery environments are tightly controlled, other locations of important cultural artefacts experience daily, monthly and annual variations in temperature and relative humidity. These environmental variations cause fatigue in artefacts, and can lead to cracking. Modelling the initiation and propagation of damage enables the requirements for environmental control to be assessed.

Further reading

Scientific literature

Image credit: Caroline Prew, Imperial College London