Published on July 22, 2008
NCPTT and Opportunities in Preservation Technology
Cultural resources are lost everyday due to poor maintenance, disasters, destruction, or decay.
NCPTT develops and implements technologies to preserve cultural resources nationwide.
Without thorough understanding of material properties and behavior, more resources are lost.
Limited funding and few preservation research facilities slow the preservation technology process.
NCPTT provides funding opportunities to apply sound research and technologies to solve preservation problems.
Cultural resources are subjected to many agents of deterioration.
Materials Science and Chemistry are the building blocks for new preservation technologies.
New preservation technologies can result from pioneering research in a wide range of sciences.
Sometimes new technologies are being applied in other fields but have not been transferred to preservation.
NCPTT creates and distributes new technologies through PTT grants. Video Preservation Website, 2002 PTT Grant http://videopreservation.stanford.edu
The 2009 PTT Grants program awards up to $25,000 for research and training. Protocol for Emergency Washing, Drying, and Sterilization of Historically Significant Books, 2004 PTT Grant
We work and fund grants in the fields of. . . Architecture, Archeology, Historic Landscapes, Collections, Materials Research, Engineering
NCPTT’s priorities help guide our grants program. We seek proposals to advance methods to. . . Weeping-Willow, “Map and Compass,” April 14, 2008. Online Image, Flickr.
… Conserve cultural resources of the "recent past”… Spike55151, “Falling Water,” 18 May 2005. Online Image, Flickr.
… Monitor and evaluate preservation treatments… Evaluation of Conservation and Preservation Practices in a Southwest Pottery Collection, 2007 PTT Grant
… Investigate minimally invasive techniques to inventory and assess cultural resources … High Definition Documentation using 3D Laser Technology, 2006 PTT Grant
… Protect cultural resources against natural and human threats… Disaster Planning and Recovery for Heritage and Cultural Sites, 2006 PTT Grant
… preserve cemeteries and places of worship… Conservation of Wooden Artifacts in Cemeteries, 2007 PTT Grant
… and safeguard resources from effects of pollution and climate. Microorganisms in the Deterioration by Atmospheric Pollutants of Stone, 1999 PTT Grant
NCPTT looks for creative ways to teach professionals and spread technology. Architectural Records Conference, 2006 PTT Grant
NCPTT grants help convene specialists for sharing information and research ideas. Preserving Electronic Media Symposium, 2003 PTT Grant
Successful grants move beyond conferences and traditional publications.
Grant funded training gives professionals hands-on opportunities. Silver Cleaning Workshop, 1999 PTT Grant
NCPTT creates new technologies through in-house research that focuses on real world problems.
NCPTT studies pollution uptake on treated and untreated limestone and marble.
NCPTT uses its unique wind tunnel to measure deposition velocities of SO2 on limestone.
Results from this research are changing the thinking of conservators.
NCPTT compares cleaners for federally issued headstones.
Cleaners were evaluated based on appearance, biological re-growth, chemical changes and physical changes.
Results from this research are influencing National Cemetery care.
NCPTT tests new treatments for graffiti removal.
NCPTT is comparing chemical, mechanical, and laser techniques for removing graffiti.
NCPTT hopes to advance techniques for removing graffiti to a broader public audience. Maggie Osterberg, “Removing Parisian Graffiti ,” 28 Sept 2007, online image, Flickr.
Without new research, preservation technologies will not advance.
NCPTT grants and projects help develop and apply sound research and training to solve preservation problems.
Support for NCPTT’s grants program must come from its constituents. Jcoleman, “US Capitol Building, Detail of Dome,” 12 June, 2007, online image, Flickr.
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