The laboratory relies on years of experience in conservation research, archaeometry and analysis to address the specific issues and problems faced by conservator-restorers, curators and archaeologists, and to provide them with solutions. Laboratory staff have cutting-edge analytical machinery at their disposal, along with unique reference works and a modern infrastructure. The specific methods used are for the most part capable of performing non-destructive examinations, and are continuously updated. The laboratory also carries out interdisciplinary research projects.
A modern, flexible infrastructure capable of multiple deployment provides answers to questions posed by conservator, curators and archaeologists. Non-destructive or minimally invasive analysis by means of micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, atom-absorption spectrometry, and infra-red and Raman spectrometry makes it possible to perform both qualitative and quantitative element analyses of inorganic and organic materials. This in turn allows staff to determine the composition of metal alloys, adhesives, pigments, colouring, precious and semi-precious stones, products of corrosion and preservatives.
Archaeometry assists archaeologists in the systematic, in-depth examination of objects and groups of objects with an eye to determining such things as means of production, provenance, and materials used. Archaeologists can test their hypotheses and conclusions on the basis of the results and interpretations produced in the laboratory, and thus in part confirm them.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The conservators themselves initiate research and development in conservation or restoration methods. Working closely with the laboratory, they investigate problems, try out solutions, and develop methodology. This intimate collaboration, one of the strengths of the Collection Centre, is promoted by the units’ spatial proximity. Methods developed here are part of the range of services that the Collection Centre offers its partners.
Head Conservation Research
Dr Marie Wörle (PhD ETH)
Phone: +41 (0)58 480 13 13
Fax +41 (0)58 480 13 41