Cultural heritage


JANSSEN PMP® successfully developed a number of new and environmentally friendly fungicides suitable for a wide range of applications.

Initial applications of these molecules in cultural heritage related projects include antifungal treatment and protection of a full-size and seaworthy replica of the Batavia, the flagship of the Dutch East India Company, as well as the medieval town in the Open Air Museum of Bokrijk (Belgium).

Other interventions where the JANSSEN PMP® material protection expertise and portfolio actively assisted in cultural heritage projects are imazalil smoke generator treatments of important museum collection pieces threatened by superficial mould growth. Examples include an Egyptian mummy in the Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (Brussels), mummies in Museum El Carmen (Mexico City), old manuscripts in Archief en Museum voor het Vlaamse Cultuurleven (AMVC), in the Museum Plantin-Moretus and in Prentenkabinet Linnig, Museum Vleeshuis (Antwerp), the royal trains in the Train World Museum (Brussels) as well as the inland museum ship “Alyv” (Baasrode, Belgium).

Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Around 2000, a cooperation agreement was signed between JANSSEN PMP® and the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This included the donation of specially formulated fungicide combinations to the museum for treating the terracotta army threatened by mould growth, the training of scientists from the Terracotta Museum at JANSSEN PMP® in Beerse, and the equipment of a state of the art mycological laboratory in the Terracotta Museum itself.