Date of Award
MA Museum Professions
Communication and the Arts
Juergen Heinrichs, Ph.D.
climate change, museums, HVAC, humidity, conservation
With mounting pressures to decrease carbon emission and the growing scarcity of funds, museums must look at their current practices. The standards for climate control in museums are based on challenges museums face in the early twentieth century and relied on limited information and technology. As museums begin to face new challenges due to climate change, the old standards must be reevaluated. Most museums rely on a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system to maintain strict set-points, however, such systems are expensive and energy intensive. This limits their availability to small and historical museums that do not have the infrastructure to install them. The current standards are also centered on Western European standards. This thesis will look at the history of climate control in museums and how museums can reduce their dependence on energy-inefficient systems in the face of global climate change.
Bennett, Felicity, "Climate Control in the Face of Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Footprints in Museums" (2019). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2674.