A meeting cosponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and English Heritage was held December 7-8, 2000, in London to discuss inorganic consolidants and related techniques—specifically, lime water, barium hydroxide, and artificial oxalates.

The meeting's objectives were to identify outstanding questions related to these materials and their applications and to develop proposals for future research and collaboration. Recent developments in the use of tartrate conversion coatings and biomineralization techniques were also considered. An international group of conservators and conservation scientists was invited to participate, including representatives from English Heritage, the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside in the United Kingdom, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Columbia University in New York, and the University of Granada in Spain.

The meeting was held as part of a feasibility study developed at the GCI to investigate the state of knowledge and the need for research regarding inorganic consolidants and their use.

Meeting Participants

Eric Doehne
Scientist
Getty Conservation Institute

John Fidler
Head, Building Conservation and Research
English Heritage

Eric Hansen
Scientist
Getty Conservation Institute

John Larson
Conservator
Conservation Center, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside

Eleni Loizides
Building Conservation and Research Team
English Heritage

William Martin
Senior Architectural Conservator
English Heritage

Mauro Matteini
Head, Scientific Laboratories
Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Carlos Rodriguez Navarro
Associate Professor, Department of Mineralogy and Petrography
University of Granada

Eduardo Sebastian Pardo
Professor, Department of Mineralogy and Petrography
University of Granada

Clifford Price
Reader in Archaeological Conservation
Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Alberto de Tagle
Chief Scientist
Getty Conservation Institute

Jeanne Marie Teutonico
Associate Director
Getty Conservation Institute

Norman Weiss
Adjunct Associate Professor
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University