2008 Library of Congress presentation Ncptt And Opportunities In Preservation Technology

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  • 1. NCPTT and Opportunities in Preservation Technology
  • 2. Cultural resources are lost everyday due to poor maintenance, disasters, destruction, or decay.
  • 3. NCPTT develops and implements technologies to preserve cultural resources nationwide.
  • 4. Without thorough understanding of material properties and behavior, more resources are lost.
  • 5. Limited funding and few preservation research facilities slow the preservation technology process.
  • 6. NCPTT provides funding opportunities to apply sound research and technologies to solve preservation problems.
  • 7. Cultural resources are subjected to many agents of deterioration.
  • 8. Materials Science and Chemistry are the building blocks for new preservation technologies.
  • 9. New preservation technologies can result from pioneering research in a wide range of sciences.
  • 10. Sometimes new technologies are being applied in other fields but have not been transferred to preservation.
  • 11. NCPTT creates and distributes new technologies through PTT grants. Video Preservation Website, 2002 PTT Grant http://videopreservation.stanford.edu
  • 12. The 2009 PTT Grants program awards up to $25,000 for research and training. Protocol for Emergency Washing, Drying, and Sterilization of Historically Significant Books, 2004 PTT Grant
  • 13. We work and fund grants in the fields of. . . Architecture, Archeology, Historic Landscapes, Collections, Materials Research, Engineering
  • 14. NCPTT’s priorities help guide our grants program. We seek proposals to advance methods to. . . Weeping-Willow, “Map and Compass,” April 14, 2008. Online Image, Flickr.
  • 15. … Conserve cultural resources of the "recent past”… Spike55151, “Falling Water,” 18 May 2005. Online Image, Flickr.
  • 16. … Monitor and evaluate preservation treatments… Evaluation of Conservation and Preservation Practices in a Southwest Pottery Collection, 2007 PTT Grant
  • 17. … Investigate minimally invasive techniques to inventory and assess cultural resources … High Definition Documentation using 3D Laser Technology, 2006 PTT Grant
  • 18. … Protect cultural resources against natural and human threats… Disaster Planning and Recovery for Heritage and Cultural Sites, 2006 PTT Grant
  • 19. … preserve cemeteries and places of worship… Conservation of Wooden Artifacts in Cemeteries, 2007 PTT Grant
  • 20. … and safeguard resources from effects of pollution and climate. Microorganisms in the Deterioration by Atmospheric Pollutants of Stone, 1999 PTT Grant
  • 21. NCPTT looks for creative ways to teach professionals and spread technology. Architectural Records Conference, 2006 PTT Grant
  • 22. NCPTT grants help convene specialists for sharing information and research ideas. Preserving Electronic Media Symposium, 2003 PTT Grant
  • 23. Successful grants move beyond conferences and traditional publications.
  • 24. Grant funded training gives professionals hands-on opportunities. Silver Cleaning Workshop, 1999 PTT Grant
  • 25. NCPTT creates new technologies through in-house research that focuses on real world problems.
  • 26. NCPTT studies pollution uptake on treated and untreated limestone and marble.
  • 27. NCPTT uses its unique wind tunnel to measure deposition velocities of SO2 on limestone.
  • 28. Results from this research are changing the thinking of conservators.
  • 29. NCPTT compares cleaners for federally issued headstones.
  • 30. Cleaners were evaluated based on appearance, biological re-growth, chemical changes and physical changes.
  • 31. Results from this research are influencing National Cemetery care.
  • 32. NCPTT tests new treatments for graffiti removal.
  • 33. NCPTT is comparing chemical, mechanical, and laser techniques for removing graffiti.
  • 34. NCPTT hopes to advance techniques for removing graffiti to a broader public audience. Maggie Osterberg, “Removing Parisian Graffiti ,” 28 Sept 2007, online image, Flickr.
  • 35. Without new research, preservation technologies will not advance.
  • 36. NCPTT grants and projects help develop and apply sound research and training to solve preservation problems.
  • 37. Support for NCPTT’s grants program must come from its constituents. Jcoleman, “US Capitol Building, Detail of Dome,” 12 June, 2007, online image, Flickr.
  • 38. Preservation Scientists make the difference!