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

Recent Submissions

  • Subliming Surfaces: Volatile Binding Media in Heritage Conservation 

    Rozeik, Christina; Rowe, Sophie; Tissier, Frédérique-Sophie; Skinner, Lucy; Kariye, Hiroko; Piotrowski, Kelli; Soppa, Karolina et al. (University of Cambridge Museums, 2019-10-01)
    This book brings together 22 papers and posters that were presented at the conference ‘Subliming Surfaces: Volatile Binding Media in Heritage Conservation’ in Cambridge, April 2015.
  • Reversible internal wall insulation for historic buildings using cyclododecane as a protective layer 

    Bichlmair, Stefan; Krus, Martin; Kilian, Ralf (University of Cambridge Museums, 2019-09-01)
    Traditional wall-mounted insulation systems can be difficult to mount in historic buildings without damage to original interior surfaces and plasters. This can lead to restrictions in retrofitting energy saving measures ...
  • Cyclododecane for mounting of surface sensors for monitoring of historic buildings 

    Raffler, Susanne; Bichlmair, Stefan; Ralf, Kilian (University of Cambridge Museums, 2019-09-01)
    In heritage buildings, monitoring of the hygrothermal behaviour of building components and of the indoor climate is often necessary for conservation purposes. In many cases, measurement on sensitive building surfaces is ...
  • Ruled out: the use of cyclododecane as a temporary facing during the removal of a canvas lining from a fresco of a kneeling flagellant and Saints Michael and Stephen by Spinello Aretino 

    Miller, Eric; Harrison, Lynne; Howard, Helen (University of Cambridge Museums, 2019-08-01)
    Three fragments of an early fifteenth-century Italian fresco, The Fall of Lucifer by Spinello Aretino, were presented to the National Gallery, London by Sir Henry Layard in 1886. They were detached from the wall above the ...

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