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Cassar, M and Taylor, J (2004) A cross-disciplinary approach to the use of archives as evidence of past indoor environments in historic buildings. Journal of the Society of Archivists, 25 (2). pp. 157-172. ISSN 00379816

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This article describes a methodology developed in consultation with English Heritage, The National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces. It links past environmental conditions in historic houses to object deterioration, using information from a range of disciplines. These include environmental history, building science, archival research and preventive conservation. The methodology was devised in order to integrate qualitative and quantitative evidence for a novel simulation of historic buildings. Application of the methodology has illustrated the value of integrating different strands of research to provide a robust synergistic approach to the complex problem of assessing natural ageing in historic materials. This approach will aid the understanding of both past internal climates and future object deterioration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic building; Environmental history; Deterioration; Preventive conservation
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2008 11:02
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2016 16:28

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