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PR-253401-17

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) (Washington, DC 20005-1704)
Eric Pourchot (Project Director: 06/21/2016 to present)

Planning a Life Cycle Analysis Library of Preventive Conservation Methods

The pilot phase and development of a free, online Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) library and tool for conservation and preservation professionals. When completed, this library would help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of collection management activities including conservation treatment, storage, loans, and exhibitions.

This project will lay the groundwork for an online Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) library and tool that assesses the environmental and human health impact of sustaining a humanities collection.  The investigators will produce three representative Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) reports; document the most prevalent activities, products, and events that are part of collections care and access work in museums and historic sites; produce a beta version of a tool for evaluating LCA; and develop a plan for next steps to create a robust LCA library and online tool.  These new resources will allow custodians of cultural heritage to evaluate materials and approaches used to maintain collections, and enhance decision-making for care of all forms of material culture.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018