Organization and funding
Tracking Colour is an interdisciplinary project. This is reflected in the organizational framework. It’s called The Copenhagen Polychromy Network, or the CPN for short, comprising archaeology, conservation, chemistry, physics and geology. An article in the Tracking Colour preliminary report 1, 2009, contains more detailed information. Updated information can be found in an article in the annual bulletin of the Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm, Focus on the Mediterranean 6, 2011.
The CPN comprises Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and, as external partners, the Museum of Geology / Natural History Museum of Denmark, the Institute of Chemistry / Technical University of Denmark and the School of Conservation of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
The Glyptotek heads the project through postdoc in classical archaeology Cecilie Brøns. The museum provides the research objects, project administration and coordination, as well as classical archaeological and technical conservation expertise. Besides the project director, the staff has previously consisted of two half-time conservation technicians and a Ph.D. student, which was later reorganised into full-time positions for a conservator and a geo-chemist.
Each external CPN partner has a network representative. The representatives offer vital advice, professional input and access to analytical technologies not available at the museum. This constitutes the core of the interdisciplinarity of the project. The external partners also funnel students into the project as interns, stimulating interest in the research field.
The methodologies are given in the section on ‘Methods’.
As for funding, core staff were paid by the museum until 2011. From then on, and until May 31st, 2013 and agin from 2014 to 2017, the project was financed by generous grants from the Carlsberg Foundation. Support was also given in 2009 and 2010 by the Kirsten and Freddy Johansen Foundation, for the acquisition of high-end optical and digital microscopes.