This is a review of research on the deterioration of cellulose through exposure to light, ultraviolet and high energy radiation. The literature coverage stops at 1969, but the radiation sensitivity of cellulose was by then adequately researched because of the widespread use of cellulosic fabrics in aircraft construction before 1930.

The complete article (1.6 Mb) is a digital facsimile of the article first published as: Tim Padfield, `The deterioration of cellulose', in the book: Problems of Conservation in Museums, International Council of Museums, Publication number 8, Eyrolles, Paris 1969, pp 119-164.}


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