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Tuesday, May 30 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(Collection Care) Evaluation of climate control in Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – energy consumption and risk assessment

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Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History (YPM) has a long tradition of improving the environmental conditions for preserving its collection of more than 13 million objects. However, results are unexpected and far from what the museum hoped for as was shown by an analysis of the current environmental conditions in three museum buildings, built in 1925, 1963 and 2001. Analysis of energy use for climate control showed that the Environmental Studies Center, the most modern Peabody Museum building, is the least energy efficient of the three and one of the least energy efficient building at Yale University. Therefore, YPM decided to reevaluate its current climate control strategy towards a more practical and responsible approach, which takes into account the historic character of the buildings and the high cost of climate control. The assessment of climate related risks to collections was the main element in the transformation process towards a new strategy of climate control. It allowed preservation priorities of the YPM collections to be identified. Finally, guiding principles of climate control were proposed that meet the preservation targets of the museum's vast collections and at the same time reduce energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

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Lukasz Bratasz

Head of Sustainable Conservation Lab, Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Lukasz Bratasz graduated in physics from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 1996, and received a PhD in 2002 from the same university. In the same year, he joined the staff of the Jerzy Haber Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences. For many years, he headed the Laboratory... Read More →


Richard Boardman

Operations Manager, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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Susan Butts

Senior Collections Manager, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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Catherine Sease

Senior Conservator, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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Stefan Simon

Director of Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Yale University
Stefan Simon is Director of Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives at Yale University.Trained as a conservation scientist, Simon earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He has broad experience in scientific research, specializing in material deterioration... Read More →

Nathan Utrup

Museum Assistant, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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Tim White

Director of Collections, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Plaza Ballroom Lobby Level, East Tower