Education and Dissemination

Education and dissemination are an essential part of the salt research project. In order to enhance collaboration between conservators and scientists in the field of salt research, the GCI has developed and disseminated a series of educational tools designed to share insights and expertise.

These tools include several video clips depicting the salt decay process under time-lapse conditions. Some show the deliquescence behavior of sodium sulfate, chloride, and nitrate in the environmental scanning electron microscope and optical microscope. Additional videos of salt mixture behavior are planned.

The GCI assisted in organizing the advanced course and workshop "SALTeXPERT," held in November 2002 in Prague. The meeting—attended by over 30 participants from 17 countries—was jointly organized with the Czech Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, as part of the Advanced Research Centre for Cultural Heritage Interdisciplinary Projects, which is supported by the European Community. Conference papers of the participants will ultimately be available on this Web site.

At the conference, a bibliography on salt research compiled by the project was provided to participants.

The results of the research from the Salt Research project continue to be published in scientific and conservation journals, and conference proceedings. The primary audience is conservators and conservation scientists—particularly architectural, sculpture, and wall painting conservators.

Completed Work

  • Development of a digital time-lapse video system to study decay over time at the macro scale.
  • ESEM and optical microscope dynamic experiments documenting salt behavior on the micro scale.
  • A building materials deterioration bibliography.
  • SALTeXPERT Course and Workshop, Prague, November 28-30, 2002.

Work in Progress

  • Development and testing of a preliminary digital time-lapse video system for use in the field.
  • ESEM dynamic experiments documenting behavior of salt mixtures on the micro-scale.
  • Further production of learning materials for conservators.

Last updated: January 2011