Development of the Northumbria University art, materials and conservation research archive

Theodorakopoulos, Charis and Colbourne, Jane (2016) Development of the Northumbria University art, materials and conservation research archive. In: ICON Conference 2016: Turn and Face the Change: Conservation in the 21st Century, 15 - 17 June 2016, Birmingham.

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Archive material and collections have been important aspect of contextualizing teaching and research at Northumbria University for several decades.
Significant collections comprise of early and mid-twentieth century British and European works of art including diaries and sketch books. The archive includes artist’s materials, organic dyes, pigments, mediums, adhesives, European and Oriental paper supports, frames and frame components, several of which date back to the mid-eighteenth century. Documentation and analytical outputs of historic materials, multispectral images and actual samples of resin embedded fibres and paint cross-sections also forms part of this comprehensive archive.
The material is currently accessible to student and scholars but availability is impeded by physical access and reliance on staff supervision. Our concerns are these valuable resources are underused because: a) there are no accessible electronic records currently available; b) only selective photographs of individual artists’ work exist whilst other noteworthy items are unrecorded; and c) it is not linked to other heritage and educational networks. We anticipate that Northumbria University is just one amongst many organizations with similar issues.
The aim of this discourse is to make this collection available to a wider audience using contemporary data integration methodologies, which will offer efficiency in locating information and facilitating future research and enterprise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
G400 Computer Science
J900 Others in Technology
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Charis Theodorakopoulos
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 13:21

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