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We started the last day of the conference with a session that took us on a trip around the world. From The Palace of Westminster in London, to ancient Tumuli in Japan, finishing at the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. The projects might have taken place in different latitudes on the planet, but the session had a clear focus on the importance of communication as a tool for preventive conservation regardless of location.  
This session built on the use of risk analysis through the scientific effects on collections. The first of the three papers, from the National Museum in Krakow, ranged from very specific predictions on damage worsening over time to a specially designed IT tool using a logarithmic scale covering all extremes. In the questions, it was asked if deacidification was considered, but this was considered inappropriate for the high-value works on low-quality paper. 
I am pretty sure that everyone who attended the evening dinner last night at Reggia di Venaria needed an extra dose of caffeine this morning. Yet, the Politecnico’s auditorium was again packed with conservators eager to listen and learn from today’s talks presented in Session 10: Climate, Collections and Risk - 3.
Joelle D. J. Wickens opened the last session of the day. She reminded us that there are no universal standards. Storage solutions that require three people to retrieve an object do not work if an institutions is understaffed. The “Gold Standard” is the one that an institution can achieve.
Since the 1990s museums and archives have shifted their focus from objects to people, in order to account for their existence and justify the spending of the tax payers’ money on cultural heritage. In conservation there has been a similar shift. This session’s talks presented case studies from museums and communities in the Philippines, the National Gallery in London and English Heritage on how interactions with the public can have an influence on preventive conservation decisions as well as increase the communities’ understanding of the field.

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