Cultural Heritage Initiatives
The O’Donnell Institute partners with area and international institutions to advance research and education through Cultural Heritage Initiatives.
Together, art historians, scientists, curators, and conservators collaborate on research projects that focus on developing new techniques for conserving the legacy of physical artifacts (cultural property) and intangible attributes of a group or society inherited from the past.
Our Conservation Science program was founded by Professor David McPhail, Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science at The O’Donnell Institute and Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at The University of Texas at Dallas and Dr. Norman Tennent, Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar at UT Dallas and Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam.
The framework for this research is a 3-year tripartite postdoctoral project instigated by the University of Texas at Dallas and jointly supported by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Corning Museum of Glass.