Why keep climate records - and how to keep them

Tim Padfield

For all our concern about the damage caused to art by the environment, there are no data which allow us to connect measured environmental variables with the rate of deterioration of the art in exhibition or storage. Recent proposals for rating the suitability of spaces and the vulnerability of individual objects require a durability of electronic data which is very unlikely to be achieved. This is a review of the state of the art of recording the environment around the art.