Contemporary Collections: Preprints from the AICCM National Conference 17th g 19th October 2007 Brisbane pp. 110-115
In the past year a number of events have advanced the use of laser cleaning technology in conservation in Australia. Firstly, a series of workshops on the use of a Nd:YAG long pulse (nanosecond) laser enabled a number of conservators around Australia to try laser cleaning technology for themselves. Secondly, two laser cleaning systems have been purchased by Australian heritage institutions, and practical object treatments are underway with these machines. Thirdly, a research project has been conducted looking at the causes of pink discolouration in some laser-cleaned copper alloys.
This paper will report on progress and results from each of these projects.