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Online-Symposium: Prediction of radiation-induced damage of white paper

21. Oktober

Online Symposium: Prediction of radiation-induced damage of white paper.


Save the date: 21.10.2022 (1 pm to 6 pm, UTC+2)

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart


Light exposure is one pressing preservation issue in all museums, archives, and libraries where paper objects undergo ever-increasing cycles of public exhibition and loans. Planning exhibition horizons for paper objects depends fundamentally on light dose decisions. With the exception of lignin-rich and optically brightened types, white paper is considered stable by guidelines, a classification we believe is too undifferentiated.


This symposium presents the current state of the ongoing research project „Prediction of radiation-induced damage of white paper in cultural heritage objects“ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The members of the research project – the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design, the Museum of Prints and Drawings and the Rathgen Research Laboratory both at the State Museums at Berlin, and Dresden University of Fine Arts – and invited speakers will:


  • provide the context with a focus on historic and modern white paper
  • profile component-dependent, light-induced aging of new and pre-aged white paper types by their color evolution
  • discuss the established MFT devices (Xenon and LED source)
  • consider the applicability of MFT for determining the light responsivity of white paper
  • provide a platform for discussing (future) lighting and exhibition policies focussing on white paper

We invite you to join the discussion!


Registration and detailed program will be available in August/September 2022.

For further information, please contact Ute Henniges (ute.henniges(at)


21. Oktober