Programmes de recherche

Neoformation of sulphates as a factor in the deterioration of monuments: isotopic tracing (S, O, B) of internal and external pollution sources (‘BOS’ project)

Duration: 2002–2009 CICRP: Philippe Bromblet, Jean-Marc Vallet Partnerships(s): Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM), Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH) and Olivier Rolland, restorer This research programme, launched in 2002 on Bourges Cathedral, has subsequently benefited from financing for a duration of two years (2004–2006) under the National

Deterioration of Celluloid Objects in Collections (ALTOCECOL)

Duration: 2010–2011 CICRP director: Alain Colombini Partnership(s): Research Centre for the Conservation of Collections (CRCC); ARC-Nucléart; Laboratory of Molecular and Macromolecular Photochemistry of Clermont-Ferrand; Museums of France Research and Restoration Centre (C2RMF), in the context of a Regional Natural Park of Corsica (PNRC) This project focuses on celluloid,

Research on the identification and degradation of rubbers

Duration: 2010–2011 CICRP: Alain Colombini Partnership(s): Research Centre for the Conservation of Collections (CRCC), Laboratory of Molecular and Macromolecular Photochemistry (LPMM); Museums of France Research and Restoration Centre (C2RMF); Gwenola Corbin, conservator-restorer, National Centre of Plastic Arts (CNAP) grant Under the restoration research allowance granted to Gwenola Corbin

Research for a substitute gas to ethylene oxide for the decontamination of heritage works

Duration: 2006–2010 CICRP programme steering: Katia Baslé (director), Fabien Fohrer Partnership(s): CRPAA, University of Bordeaux 3 The use of ethylene oxide is becoming increasingly limited due to its toxicity and the fact that it will be banned for the treatment of contaminated cultural property, without any other method

Research on the phenomenon of Stegobium paniceum infestation

Duration: 2003–2010 CICRP: Katia Baslé, Nicolas Bouillon, Fabien Fohrer, Odile Guillon Partnership(s): Institute of Archaeomaterials Research, UMR CNRS 5060, IRAMAT-CRPAA; University of Bordeaux 3; Agro Techmo Hygiene, University of Perpignan Following serious conservation problems tied to environmental conditions, particularly the deterioration of organic material due to infestation by

Alteration process of stone by crystallisation of soluble salts

Duration: 2007–2010 CICRP programme steering: Philippe Bromblet (director) and Jean-Marc Vallet Partnership(s): Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille (CINaM), Paul Cézanne Aix University – Marseille III The research efforts on the role of soluble salts in the alteration of materials have been carried out primarily in the context

Caromb stone

Duration: 2007–2011 CICRP: Philippe Bromblet Partnership(s): Regional Archaeology Department and Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur; Vaucluse Archeology Department; Laboratory of Medieval Mediterranean Archaeology; Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH) The purpose of this project is to study the use of Caromb stone in construction

Medistone

Duration: 2006–2009 CICRP programme director: Philippe Bromblet, Jean-Marc Vallet Partnership(s): University of Venice, Athens Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH), restoration companies Lithos (Italy) and Pons-Asini (Germany), Algerian Ministry of Culture, the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the cultural heritage departments and

Use of isotope analyses for the investigation and conservation of stone: studies on alabasters

Programme start: 2011 CICRP: Philippe Bromblet Partnership(s): Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM), Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH), University of Paris 6 The purpose of this research is to develop a method of determining the origin of alabasters with the aid of isotopic tools. This soft material,