Garry Thompson CBE
Garry Thompson works at The National Gallery, London
Future trends in environmental control
Since the timely publication of the first two editions of this book
in hardback, interest in preventive conservation has continued to
grow strongly making publication of this paperback edition all the
more welcome. Those whose responsibility it is to care for the valuable
and beautiful objects in the world's collections have become increasingly
aware that it is better to prevent their deterioration, by ensuring
that they are housed and displayed in the best possible environmental
conditions, than to wait until restoration and repair are necessary.
The changes for the second edition have been mainly concentrated
in the sections on electronic hygrometry, new fluorescent lamps,
buffered cases, air conditioning systems, data logging, and control
within historic buildings. A new appendix, giving a summary of museum
specificiations for conservation, provides a useful, quick reference.