Oddy Testing and Off-Gassing Analysis Opportunity: Contribute your list of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) Department of Scientific Research is
embarking on an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded project to
evaluate a wide variety of commonly used conservation, storage, shipping, and
building supplies that are readily available and used in North America. The
goal is to determine the appropriateness of those materials for use near or in
contact with cultural heritage objects. All results and data will be made
publically available at no cost online.
We are currently seeking lists of the materials used by museums, libraries,
archives, private conservators, collections managers, shippers, art handlers,
or anyone whose main business is the preservation, exhibition, transport, or
handling of cultural heritage objects. After collating and selecting a broad
range of the most widely used and promising materials, we will conduct both the
Oddy test and a chemical analysis of volatiles for each material.
If you are willing and interested in sharing information about materials used
in your practice of preserving, displaying, storing, or shipping cultural
heritage objects, please reply to Dr. Eric Breitung of The Met (contact
information below). The call for materials will be ongoing throughout the
project, however, the main selection of materials for testing will occur by
Those interested in contributing will be sent a basic spreadsheet where
information such as make, model, supplier, and material type can be recorded.
Kindly note that we will select materials for testing based on this call; even
if you utilize only a handful of materials, please consider contributing.
Reply to eric.breit...@metmuseum.org<mailto:eric.breit...@metmuseum.org>
Department of Scientific Research
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY 10028
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