Active & intelligent PAckaging materials and display cases as a tool for preventive conservation of Cultural Heritage (APACHE)

Most Cultural Heritage objects housed by museums are often stored under unsuitable climate conditions. APACHE will develop a cutting edge technology to control and prevent the degradation of such patrimony. The novel approach is based on three pillars: 1) advanced sensing and absorbing materials to control the artifacts’ environment; 2) modeling to define the threshold of artifacts’ degradation and to discriminate between the need for preventive or
remedial conservation; 3) remote control of the works of art stressors. The unique combination of these pillars will reduce to the lowest possible level the costs actually required by conventional technology for art conservation. New generation of active and intelligent display cases, crates, and storage boxes, will be implemented thanks to: i)

Theunique APACHE partnership, comprising the most important experts in the three aforementioned pillars; ii) The
development of easy-to-use sensing devices able to communicate through Wireless Sensor Networks and Radio Frequency Identification Devices thanks to Industry 4.0-5.0 ICT technologies, granting the optimal environmental conditions around the art objects. Multiscale models integrated in an open simulation environment will be used to predict the degradation of artefacts and set the properties of sensors (detection limits) and polyfunctional absorbents. APACHE includes small, medium, and large museums exhibiting representative variety of display and storage conditions. For instance, the Venice Peggy Guggenheim Collection features one of the most important collections of modern/contemporary art, which experiences highly unfavorable environmental conditions, difficult to control with conventional tools. Centre Pompidou and National Museum of Hungary possess a vast amount of artefacts stored in deposits (e.g. in crates and boxes). Moreover, a decision-making tool composed by a modular set of decision trees will be offered to end-users to guide them through the best solutions.

Partner organizations

  • ZFB Zentrum für Bucherhaltung GmbH (Private, Germany)
  • National Research Council of Italy (CNR) (Public, Italy)
  • Hungarian national (Public, Hungary)
  • Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Public, Italy)
  • beWarrant (Private, Belgium)
  • Mirabile Antonio (Private, France)
  • Ericsson (Private, Sweden)
  • University College London (UCL) (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Fraunhofer IWU (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Tyndall National Institute at National University of Ireland, Cork (Academic, Ireland)
  • Centre George Pompidou (Public, France)
  • Goppion (Private, Italy)
  • Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) (Research Institute, Greece)
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Academic, Greece)
  • National Museum of Slovenia (Public, Slovenien)
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI) (Research Institute, Italy)
  • International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) (Non Profit, Italy)
  • IONFLY (Private, Italy)
  • Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (Academic, Italy)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (Academic, Brazil)
  • Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica (Non Profit, Italy)
  • Max Planck Society (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Public, Italy)
  • Nouryon (Private, Sweden)
Start date 01/01/2019
End date The project is closed: 30/06/2022

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