The Center for Conservation and Preservation’s (CCAP) laboratories on Yale West Campus are pioneering new techniques to support a mission of conservation, teaching, research, and publication of works of art. They have a full range of analytical techniques to achieve this goal, including FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. Because CCAP is near to the West Campus science institutes, Yale hopes to break new ground with the latest advances in conservation science, while exploring areas of research and analytical techniques that are at present unknown to the world of conservation.
The CCAP has hosted two workshops in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute in the spring and fall of 2013. The workshops were an XRF practicum and a clinic on the characterization of Asian lacquer. The latter drew on both the Yale University Art Gallery collection and the collection of lacquer in the Peabody Museum. Inspired by the strategic objectives of the IPCH, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is currently hosting conservators from Haiti to examine 19th century Haitian painting. The YCBA has pursued a number of unique research opportunities that have resulted in an exciting new level of collaboration between the YCBA, the Peabody Museum, and members of the History of Art and History departments.
Ian McClure, the Susan Morse Hilles Chief Conservator at the Yale University Art Gallery, directs the CCAP. Under his direction, the Center will advance the study of the materials and preservation techniques of cultural artifacts.