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Stabilisation of iron gall ink containing paper

Objective

The world's libraries, archive and museums are faced with the immense problem of preserving countless documents, endangered by the corrosive properties of their on gall ink. A non-aqueous conservation method, enabling massive approach, treatment of bound volumes and water sensitive items is desperately searched for. This project aims at development of a new non-aqueous paper stabilisation treatment based on a combined action of alkali and antioxidants. The effect of preventive antioxidants as well as chain-breaking ones will be studied using state-of-the-art experimental and analytical techniques. In addition to establishing better conservation practices, enabling preservation and undisturbed access to the numerous artefacts threatened by ink corrosion, the project will substantially increase present knowledge of ink compositions, oxidation mechanisms as well as offer new analytical methodology.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OF SLOVENIA
Address
Turjaska 1
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Participants (7)

ALGEMEEN RIJKSARCHIEF
Netherlands
Address
Prins Willem - Alexanderhof 20
2595 BE Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
JOZEF STEFAN INSTITUTE
Slovenia
Address
Jamova 39
1001 Ljubljana
MUSEE DU LOUVRE
France
Address
Quai Du Louvre 34-36
75058 Paris
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
Netherlands
Address
Gabriel Metsusstraat 16
1070 KA Amsterdam
TEYLERS MUSEUM
Netherlands
Address
Spaarne 16
2011 CH Haarlem
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Askerceva 5
1000 Ljubljana
ZENTRUM FUER BUCHERHALTUNG GMBH
Germany
Address
Mommenstrasse 7
04329 Leipzig