The events and projects below demonstrate how cultural heritage preservation is a platform for interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Our work connects the humanities and the sciences through substantive contributions to Yale’s mission: “improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.”
Immersed in the real-life setting of the Princeton University Art Museum, six Yale undergraduates and three Princeton graduate students came together to bridge institutional and disciplinary boundaries.
Artists are engineering when they make a work of art – they’re using materials to achieive a certain look or a certain form. These materials must last if their message is to persist.
To answer questions about an object’s passage through time, we need a deep understanding of the component materials — not just what they are, but what they are prone to do, especially under external influences, such as storage and use.