KEEPING OUR ANTIQUITIES DRY
Conservation of historic treasures relies on controlling the environment in which they are kept: that environment can only be maintained if the building which encloses them – which is often itself a conservable work of art– survives being left out in the rain.
Less obvious conservation targets are the vaults where collections are stored out of sight; underground, the foundations not only support the architectural glories above, but also keep groundwater from flowing in.
Historic waterproofing systems degrade, and groundwater levels change, so the systems need maintenance and repair to prevent damp patches turning into floods. Modern injected systems and renders can solve the problem but only if we know where water is getting in and what the original design was.
GBG’s specialist NDI teams have solved water ingress problems and advised Museums and Public Buildings around the world on remediation and repair.
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