Materials Testing Symposium

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Wednesday, 6 November, 2019
Thursday, 1 August, 2019
New York City

The Met's Department of Scientific Research is pleased to anounce their Materials Testing for Cultural Heritage Symposium to be held at The Met in New York City on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The symposium will cover recent developments in materials selection methods and both advanced and traditional materials testing tools. Many institutions continue to rely on the Oddy test while others utilize advanced analytical methodologies such as gas and liquid chromatography to assess materials. With several institutions utilizing volatiles analysis as a rapid tool for assessing materials to be used in the display, storage, or transport of art, we hope to cover the state of the art in our field and encourage discussion about what is needed to improve our ability to accurately evaluate this broad array of materials for those with and without advanced analytical capabilities.

Please RSVP to Eric Breitung at to reserve a space. There will not be a registration fee, as support for this symposium was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Program details and logistics will be shared with all attendees shortly.

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, August 1st, 2019.