Microfading Workshop and User Meeting on 7th and 8th November 2016


The Rathgen-Forschungslabor of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin organizes a Microfading Workshop and User Meeting on the 7th and 8th November 2016

Polychrome artworks are prone to change their colour due to illumination. Light sources, photo sensitivity and exposure of the object have to be considered in order to optimize the lighting for a longer preservation of the exposed object. Microfading testing (MFT) is a technique which allows evaluating the photo sensitivity of an object.

The Workshop on the 7th November 2016 addresses: illumination in exhibition, estimation of light damage potential, MFT in general, cases studies and some live micro fading tests.

The User Meeting on the 8th November 2016 will address practical and methodological issues of micro fading.

Invited speakers (tbc, in alphabetical order)

  • Jaap Boon, JAAP Enterprise for Art Scientific Studies, NLBruce Ford, Art & Archival Pty Ltd., National Museum of Australia, AUS (live via internet)
  • Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, Laboratory of Analysis and Non-Destructive Investigation of Heritage Objects, The National Museum in Krakow, PL
  • Pablo Londero, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, US
  • Christel Pesme, freelance paper conservator & microfading provider, CH
  • Boris Pretzel, Conservation Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

Call for Papers

Abstracts for papers can be submitted for the Microfading User Meeting on the 8th of November.
For the submission please use the template in the 'call for papers' which can be downloaded from this page on the right side.
Abstracts have to be send to rf@smb.spk-berlin.de by 30th September 2016.
Have a look to the final program for further information.


Regular registration fee € 90
Students fee € 60
Registration allows access for both days: Workshop and User Meeting
Register before 28th October 2016 by e-mail: rf@smb.spk-berlin.de


The event is sponsored by corporate friends, HIROX as well as the Fachgruppe Analytische Chemie and the Arbeitskreis Archäometrie of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker.