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Cleaning and Conservation

Edited by Bronwyn Ormsby (Tate, UK), Angelica Bartoletti (NOVA School of Science and Technology, Portugal), Klaas van den Berg (Cultural Heritage Agency, Netherlands), Chris Stavroudis (independent conservator, USA)

© © J. Paul Getty Trust.The complex challenges inherent to cleaning works of art and other cultural heritage — defined broadly as the removal of unwanted materials — have in recent years, benefited from enhanced research and practice efforts which have resulted in the development and evaluation of a range of new or modified options. These have facilitated new ways of approaching, executing, assessing and evaluating cleaning treatments across a wide range of heritage materials. Contributions to this special collection in Heritage Science include evaluated treatments on impactful case study works of art and other materials, the development and evaluated application of novel and modified cleaning materials, tools and approaches, and scientific explorations into cleaning materials and effects on a range of cultural materials. The papers collectively provide a snapshot of ongoing work, including how recent developments in cleaning tools and understanding from projects such as Nanorestart, the Cleaning of Modern Oil Paints and many others are influencing practice and refining research questions to help achieve treatment aims while also lowering risks to users and cultural heritage, as well as enhancing sustainability. 

Image: Analyzing the surfaces of Winsor and Newton oil paint swatches using Fourier Transform InfraredAttenuated Total Reflectance (FTIRATR) spectroscopy at Tate. © J. Paul Getty Trust. 


  1. The cleaning of particles from smooth and rough paper surfaces using a high-speed CO2 snow jet was investigated. The measurements included characterization of the jet properties, determination of the cleaning eff...

    Authors: Ludmila Mašková, Jiří Smolík, Petra Vávrová, Jitka Neoralová, Magda Součková, Dana Novotná, Věra Jandová, Jakub Ondráček, Lucie Ondráčková, Tereza Křížová, Kateřina Kocová and Petr Stanovský

    Citation: Heritage Science 2021 9:145

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Low-risk removal of embedded surface soiling on delicate heritage objects can require novel alternatives to traditional cleaning systems. Edvard Munch’s monumental Aula paintings (1911–16) have a long history ...

    Authors: Lena Porsmo Stoveland, Tine Frøysaker, Maartje Stols-Witlox, Terje Grøntoft, Calin Constantin Steindal, Odile Madden and Bronwyn Ormsby

    Citation: Heritage Science 2021 9:144

    Content type: Research article

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