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New tools for managing daylight exposure of works of art: case study of Hambletonian, Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

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posted on 2016-09-12, 14:59 authored by Nigel Blades, Katy Lithgow, Stephen Cannon-Brookes, John MardaljevicJohn Mardaljevic
This paper describes a project to reduce the excessive daylight exposure of an oil painting, Hambletonian, Rubbing Down, displayed at Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. Climate-­based daylight modelling (CBDM) was used to understand the light exposure of Hambletonian and to assess the impact of control measures on the annual light exposure and viewing condition of the painting in the winter months. The computer model was used in conjunction with measured lux data to establish the base case light exposure and the effect of the control measures. Light control was implemented through the use of darker paint finishes on the walls and ceiling, which reduced the amount of reflected light reaching Hambletonian;; and the addition of a mesh screen to the outside of the glazed dome above the painting. These interventions were cost-­effective and straightforward to implement and manage. CBDM suggests the interventions reduced Hambletonian’s annual daylight exposure from 3.5 mlxhr to 0.63 mlxhr.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Journal of the Institute of Conservation


BLADES, N. ... et al, 2017. New tools for managing daylight exposure of works of art: case study of Hambletonian, Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(1), pp.15-33.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Institute of Conservation on 19 Oct 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19455224.2016.1214610.




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