Data loggers monitor environmental conditions to ensure a stable environment for timbers and artefacts.
The Newport Medieval Ship was discovered 15 years ago, preserved
in the bank of the River Usk in Newport, Wales. The vessel is the
most complete surviving example of a ship from the 15th century and
was disassembled and raised, along with over 1000 small finds.
Archaeologists and conservators have been working steadily ever
since, conserving and studying the timbers and artefacts from this
unique medieval find.
Conserved timbers and artefacts need to be stored in an
environmentally controlled space. Special storage rooms within a
warehouse have been built and Tinytag Ultra 2 data
loggers monitor temperature and relative humidity. Six data
loggers monitor the environmental conditions inside and outside the
stores, in addition several data loggers are placed inside special
artefact boxes containing for example the iron bolts.
The recorded data is used to track changes and adjust the
environmental control plant when necessary. Dehumidifiers and
heating/AC equipment is adjusted according to the readings taken by
Dr. Toby Jones is Curator of the Newport Medieval Ship Project and
is very satisfied with the performance of the Tinytags. He
comments, "They are accurate, flexible and economical, and help us
monitor the environment around priceless historic artefacts. The
software is easy to use and the graphs are great!"
Tinytag Ultra 2
temp/RH data loggers are ideal for this application - they are
designed specifically for accurate indoor temp/RH monitoring. They
have a lightweight, splash-proof design, and a mounting point so
they can be located securely and conveniently as required.
The Tinytag data logger can be seen in the background of the
workshop, on the left lower orange shelf.