Wood and furniture conservation
For many years, work at the workshop has concentrated on the conservation of furniture and wooden artefacts from the past 400-500 years. In recent years, preventive conservation has gradually become a major part of its everyday work, i.e. the improvement of climatic conditions and preservation conditions in storage areas and exhibitions. Major assignments, especially in The Funen Village, are involved in creating better conditions for the objects on display and the maintenance of interiors.
To protect the objects from decomposition, priorities are arrived at between preventive conservation of the general collection and conservation of individual items.
Preventive conservation consists in protecting objects against various decomposition factors, such as:
- Temperature, light radiation and moisture
- Large fungoid growths, microscopic fungoid growths and bacteria
- Wood wasps, long-horned beetles and death-watch beetles, which eat and digest wood
- Animals and human that inflict mechanical strain on the wood.
|The furniture conservator's workshop|
The objects' need of conservation is regularly assessed at the exhibitions. During the year, a number of items are therefore at the workshop for conservation. Wooden artefacts, for example, that have been exposed to considerable influences of humidity and temperature, get damaged at the glue-joins. If there is any suspicion of attacks by death watch beetle, the wood is treated by freeze-disinfection, which kills the larvae, or is dehydrated locally to 55-60% relative humidity, which decreases the amount of moisture in the wood, preventing the death watch beetle larvae from surviving.
All newly acquired items of furniture, and items for exhibitions, are checked, cleaned and eventually conserved before being displayed or storing.