Main content


Workshop: Under the Skin: Studies in Parchment

Icon Book and Paper Group

From: Thursday 19.10.17
at 10:00am
To: Sunday 22.10.17
at 5:00pm

The National Archives , Kew

Event description: 

The Book & Paper Group Events and Training Subcommittee is delighted to present its next training opportunity, showcasing current conservation, preservation and scientific research on historic parchment. The event is generously supported by the Clare Hampson Fund and hosted by The National Archives.

This is a re-run of an event organised in March 2016 at the Parker Library in Cambridge.

Beginning with a two-day knowledge based workshop for 150 participants, contributors from the fields of heritage science and conservation will share their expertise through lectures,practical demonstrations, and discussions in which participants are invited to play an active role. The third and fourth days will consist of a practical workshop, open to 15 participants.

Programme summary

Knowledge-based workshop (2 days)
19-20 October 2017 , 09:00 - 17:00
-- Final timetable to be confirmed --

Theresa Zammit Lupi ACR
Aspects of Codicology
Looking at Fragments

David Mills
Xray microtomography: effects on parchment

Angelica Bartoletti
Visibilia ex invisibilus: seeing at the nanoscale to preserve cultural heritage

Matthew Collins
Animals in the Archives - parchment as a record of livestock and craft

Jiří Vnouček
Understanding parchment in medieval manuscripts:
Part I – from Beast to Codex
Part II – visual evaluation of parchment in medieval manuscripts

Fiona Brock
Radiocarbon dating of parchments

Edward Cheese ACR
Conserving and rebinding medieval manuscripts in parchment

Practical workshop day 1
21 October 2017 , 09:00 - 17:00
Lara Artemis ACR
Introduction to the history of materials and techniques in parchment conservation

Practical workshop day 2
22 October 2017 , 09:00 - 17:00
Mariluz Beltran de Guevara ACR
Parchment conservation and preservation in the 21st Century

Booking information
Booking is available through Eventbrite only and there are two ticketing options available:

1. The knowledge-based workshop is open to 150 participants and the cost is £50 for Icon members and £70 for non-members.

Book your place for the knowledge-based workshop and evening lecture

2. The practical workshop is open to 15 participants and participants must also attend the two-day knowledge based-workshop. The cost is £150 for Icon members and £180 for non-members.

Book your place for the knowledge-based and practical workshops, and the evening lecture

Please contact The Book & Paper Group for further information.