Preservation of material cultural assets

Business Unit “Cultural Heritage Research”

The business unit Cultural Heritage Research deals with a wide and varied range of topics. Among others, these include analyzing the room climate in historical buildings and devising suitable concepts to control it, developing new solutions for museum depots and archives, renovating museums in a sustainable manner, and researching into the preservation of historical monuments at the Fraunhofer Center Benediktbeuern. The focus of our work is on preventive conservation - i.e. finding ways to prevent damage to art and cultural assets in the long term by establishing suitable general conditions. This approach is also transferred and applied to the preservation of historical monuments and archaeological sites.



Preventive Conservation

The approach aims at preserving art and cultural assets in the long term. The objective is to improve environmental conditions without having to interfere with the assets themselves.


Protection and Preservation of Historical Monuments

The Fraunhofer Center for Conservation and Energy Performance of Historic Buildings conducts research into energy-efficient renovation measures.


Concepts for Museums, Depots and Archives

We aim to preserve art and cultural assets in the long term by developing holistic strategies for building new museums and renovating existing ones.


Archaeology and Preventive Conservation

Archaeology and conservation are closely linked: Uncovering a find raises the question of how to preserve it.


Cultural Heritage Research Alliance

The aim of the alliance is to pool the expertise of the partners in order to jointly develop new methods and techniques of restoration and conservation.


Measurements and Services

The Fraunhofer IBP performs a wide range of measurement procedures and tests for museums and related to the preservation of historical monuments.

Selected projects & expertise


Overview of projects

Find out more about the current projects of the business unit Cultural Heritage Research.