Łukasz Bratasz

Professor Łukasz Bratasz for many years headed a research laboratory at the National Museum in Krakow. He was the head of the Sustainable Conservation Lab, at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University (2015-2018). Currently, he is head of the Cultural Heritage Research group at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

His research focuses on the environmentally induced degradation of cultural heritage materials, risk assessment and design of sustainable methods of collection care, especially energy-efficient strategies for climate control. He participated in or coordinated 37 national and international research projects in the cultural heritage field. 

At NEMO’s European Museum Conference 2023, Łukasz Bratasz will be part of the panel "Part of the Problem" on Monday, 20 November. 

Be honest – objects survived centuries in unstable environments

Presentation abstract

The debate about the more responsible use of energy in museums should be structured with three distinct questions: what do we want? ...know? …can? Recent scientific research addresses generally the second one and shows that objects are much less vulnerable to environmental variations than previously assumed. The presentation will review the risks related to climate control and demonstrate that it doesn’t reduce overall risk to the collection and has a very low benefit-cost ratio. A list of gaps in knowledge impeding reduction of energy consumption will be discussed.