Workshop on Microfading and Light Management in Museums at Yale Center Beijing a success

Paul Whitmore (in striped shirt by the computer) demonstrating how data for the microfading tester is generated
June 1, 2015

A two-day workshop on May 26-27, 2015 was hosted by Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) in collaboration with the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and Chinese Museums Association - Collection Conservation Committee (中国博物馆协会藏品保护委员会). 

The workshop included lectures on the fundamental principles of color, museum lighting, and color changes from light exposure. Microfading, a nondestructive test of color stability, was presented demonstrated by the inventor of the technique, Dr. Paul Whitmore. 

The use of microfading test results inform decisions regarding exhibition lighting conditions or loans as well as aid in the study of collections. 

Presenters from China, Europe, and the US discussed the topic and provided hands-on experience with the microfading instrument.