Conservation and Collections Care Consultation group (4C)
About this community
UCM 4C is a working group within the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM). It consists of all UCM staff with direct responsibility for the physical care of collections in the museums and Botanic Garden, including conservators, curators, collections managers and technicians.
The aims of the 4C group are:
- To establish UCM as a national and international centre of excellence in technical art history, conservation and collections care practice and research.
- To ensure that the internationally important collections of the University of Cambridge are cared for in line with the highest standards of best practice and that this underpins all collections’ based activities.
- To share our expertise with the wider heritage sector through publications, professional events, career development opportunities and fostering professional networks.
- To share our work with the public through outreach activities and events.
This folder contains digital resources published by 4C, which are completely free to view and download. These include peer-reviewed and edited proceedings from conferences run by the 4C group, podcasts and other materials produced as part of the 4C professional outreach programme.
Collections in this community
(University of Cambridge Museums, 2018-11-01)This paper summarises a short presentation delivered at the conference ‘Volatile Binding Media in Heritage Conservation’. The author, a health and safety advisor, was asked to comment on the safety of cyclododecane (CDD) ...
Microscopic observations to track the behaviour of cyclododecane crystallisation and the effect of crystal formation on fragile porous substrates (University of Cambridge Museums, 2018-11-01)The objective of this project is to observe the formation and changing structure of CDD crystals and their effect on painted porous surfaces. To investigate the interaction of CDD with absorbent and weak substrates, mock-ups ...
(University of Cambridge Museums, 2018-11-01)Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, cyclododecane (CDD) has found increasing use in the field of conservation. However, the physical effects of deposition and sublimation remain somewhat unexplained. This study used ...
Using fluorochromised gelatine to visualise the sealing effect of cyclododecane during re-adhesion of flaking paint on canvas (University of Cambridge Museums, 2018-11-01)When working with low viscosity adhesives on canvases without a sizing layer, it is advisable to mask the canvas prior to consolidation (for example with CDD solutions). The use of fluorochrome-labelled gelatine (type A, ...