Air Pollution Monitoring at the CSMVS Museum

Vaidehi Savnal

Jr. Conservation Assistant, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai

Following a visit supported by the Goethe Institut, Mr. Stefan Simon, Director of the Rathgen Laboratory, initiated a six month collaborative project with CSMVS MACC to conduct an air pollution study at the CSMVS. Manijeh Hadian, Vaidehi Savnal and Dileep Mestri placed instruments and samplers in the galleries, display cases and storage sections. The instruments were placed in climate conditioned and unconditioned rooms to monitor the effectiveness of the climate control system. The samplers are being monitored and at the end of this exercise the results will be analysed to determine the risk to the collections at CSMVS due to air pollution in the area.


                The air pollution monitoring project team                                                                                           The air pollution monitoring project team     




                                                      Air Exchange monitoring and samplers measuring ambient air




Vaidehi Savnal is currently working at the CSMVS MACC with the conservation of art objects. In the past three years, she has worked on European oil paintings (17th – 18th cent.), contemporary paintings, paper objects and prints by artists such as S.H.Raza, V.Gaitonde, A.Padamsee and also Indian Miniatures. She has completed her Masters in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Museology and Conservation and has secured a first rank with distinction in both. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Built Heritage Studies and Conservation.

Apart from practical conservation work, she has been a part of the coordination team for the Leadership Training Programme conducted by the British Museum, London for museum professionals in India. She was also a part of the team that coordinated the 4 month exhibition, “Mummy – the Inside Story” in collaboration with the British Museum, London.

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