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CANCELLED: Identification of Pigments

From: Monday 22.06.20
at 9:00am
To: Thursday 25.06.20
at 5:00pm

Birkbeck College London




This introductory / refresher four day course (to be held at Birkbeck College, London) introduces the techniques necessary to identify pigments using the polarizing light microscope. 

Event description: 

Message from International Academic Projects Ltd (IAP): Due to the current situation and present prognosis regarding COVID-19, we have cancelled the following courses:

Identification of Insect Pests in Collections
Watercolours: examination, processes and care
Museum and Gallery Lighting: Theory and Practice
Hazards in Collections
Conservation of Tracing Paper
Conservation of Glass Objects
Digital Photography of Museum Objects
Retouching Modern and Contemporary Painted Surfaces
Chemistry and Conservation – a Refresher Day
Loans in Practice: objects and paintings

We are aiming to organise the courses again later this year (depending on how current events transpire) and will inform you once we have more details.

Any enrolled participant will be informed via email when we cancel a course.

We hope that you and yours are well and will keep healthy.


The relevant theory and optical properties of materials are explained in lectures/discussions and course notes but the majority of the course is dedicated to learning in practice how to determine the optical properties of pigments and to use these to identify pigments.

Reference materials (both modern and historical pigments) are examined in groups according to both their optical properties and pigment colours so that by the end of the course students feel confident in pigment identification. Time will also be given to making suitable samples for analysis from pigment libraries and decorative surfaces.

July 2015
“Tracey is a good teacher…feel very happy to be here thanks for organizing”
“It was a really fun, informative and useful week. I came away feeling inspired and I’m much more confident to go back and use PLM in ‘real life’ now!”