Still image of Anoxia and Microfading: Part 1

This two-day international conference presented current knowledge, recent research and practice-based case studies exploring the use of low-oxygen environments and microfading measurements to establish the boundaries for safe display of light-sensitive objects.The event coincided with the culmination of a five-year Tate research project funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund.

The project focused on developing a commercially available low-oxygen enclosure for the protection of works of art on paper. Central to this research has been the use of microfading as a tool to demonstrate how low-oxygen environments can minimise light damage during display, as well as studies of the effects of anoxia lowering the oxygen concentration on colorants. The aim of the conference was to bring together experts in the field to assess the risks and opportunities of these technologies, including the potential for cost reduction, increased public access to light-sensitive works, and their contribution towards the sustainable museum. This conference will be of interest to cultural heritage, museum and collection-care professionals, students, academic researchers, and all who work with fine art, manuscript, archaeological, textile, natural and social history collections.