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Corrosion of lead and lead-tin alloys of organ pipes in europe

Objective

The European heritage of the organ is preserved in numerous historical instruments. One major threat to this heritage is the indoor atmospheric corrosion of lead and lead-tin alloys of organ pipes. The problem has accelerated with alarming speed and there are at present no effective methods neither to prevent organ pipes from being corroded, nor to save the valuable instruments that have already been damaged. The proposed project, COLLAPSE, contains development of conservation strategies including (1) changing the environment in order to prevent pipe corrosion, (2) methods and products to clean corroded pipes and (3) methods and products to protect already corroded pipes from further corrosion. The results will be used for demonstration of the conservation strategy on a historical organ affected by corrosion, and guidelines for a European conservation strategy will be developed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (8)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB*
Sweden
Address
Kemivaegen 10
412 96 Goeteborg
DIE FLIEGENDEN REGISTER - ORGELBAU CHRISTOPH METZLER
Switzerland
Address
Hofackerstrasse 1
8953 Dietikon 2
ERIK SIKKEMA
Netherlands
Address
W. Molenaarstraat 2
1461 BK Zuid-oost Beemster
EV.-LUTH. KIRCHENGEMEINDE ST. JAKOBI
Germany
Address
Jakobikirchof 5
23 552 Luebeck
EXPORT PROMOTION (CKS) AB
Sweden
Address
Stora Vaegen 45
26 043 Arild
HENK VAN EEKEN ORGELMAKER
Netherlands
Address
Onderweg 9
4171 BL Herwijnen
MARCUSSEN & SON ORGELBYGGERI A/S
Denmark
Address
24,Storegade 24
6200 Aabenraa
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via San Donato 15
40127 Bologna