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The Icon Book & Paper Group Committee are pleased to be able to bring you a series of live streamed talks while many people are required to stay at home during in these unprecedented times. We have been trying to think about what we can do to help support the community of conservators & conservation students, especially mindful of the fact that working or learning at home may mean re-imagining the ways you normally approach your role.

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays (depending on availability) at 4pm (BST/ UK time) we will have lectures on our Zoom webinar platform. Anyone may register, and up to 500 people can be in the audience for each one, based on first arrivals at the time of the lecture. If speakers are willing, we will also record the talks and post them below, so others can see them later. We will try to keep this up for as long as we’re isolating, as long as there is interest. They will be completely free to join for everyone, not just Icon members.

We want to thank everyone who has attended and all of the speakers for giving their time and expertise for free in support of their profession.

If you are interested in giving a talk, see details at the bottom of the page.

The upcoming webinars of our series is as follows, with joining links for each under the details. Overviews and speaker bios for each talk can be found by clicking the link as well. 

 

44. Wednesday, 8th July, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group

National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) Panel

Building a Skilled and Diverse Heritage Science Community

You can register to join this webinar following this link

 

45. Wednesday, 15th July, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group

Michal Lukomski, Getty Museum

Monitoring micro-changes in historic objects to support strategies for indoor climate management

You can register to join this webinar following this link

 

46. Wednesday, 22nd July, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group

Bhavesh Shah, Victoria & Albert Museum

Introduction to R and Data Science

You can register to join this webinar following this link

 

Joining a webinar

We recommend you start getting set up around 15 minutes before the webinar is due to start. All our webinars are streamed on an online platform called Zoom, which is free to download. Once you click the link, Zoom will begin downloading (if you don’t already have it, in which case it will simply open). You will be given access once the webinar is ready to begin. Places are limited, so only the first 500 people to log in will be able to attend live.

 

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Previous lecture recordings

Overviews/descriptions of each lecture recording can be found in their youtube description field by clicking on the embedded video's title card (top of video), which will open up the recording in new youtube tab. 
 

43. Wednesday, 1st July, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group

Paola Ricciardi, Senior Research Scientist at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Psyche on a smartphone: shining new light on a Florentine Renaissance masterpiece

 

 

 

 

42. Tuesday, 30th June, 4pm, BST

Jana Dambrogio and Wunsch Conservation Lab Staff

Divine Conservation: What can 500 tarot decks tell us about conservation?

 

 

 

 

40. Thursday, 25th June, 4pm, BST

Elena Bulat, Senior Photograph Conservator, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University

“Larger Than Life”- Edwin Forrest Mammoth Daguerreotype Conservation Challenges'

 

 

 

39. Wednesday, 24th June, 4pm, BST

Matija Strlic, Professor of Heritage Science at University College London and Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana

The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS)

 

 

 

37. Thusday, 18th June, 4pm, BST

Susanne Klein, Associate Professor, EPSRC Manufacturing Fellow, Chair of the British Liquid Crystal Society

Woodburytype: a forgotten 19thcentury photomechanical process and its 21st century resurrection

 

 

36. Wednesday, 17 June, 4pm, BST

Susan Braovac & Fabrizio Andriulo, University of Oslo

Applying alkaline nanoparticles to deacidify alum-treated wood

 

 

 

 

35. Tuesday, 16th June, 4pm, BST

Fletcher Durant, Director, Conservation and Preservation, University of Florida Libraries

Conservation Is Not Neutral (and neither are we)

 

 

 

34. Monday, 15th June, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Modern Materials Network

Sue Mossman, Science Museum research associate and chair of Plastics Historical society

Textiles: synthetic transformation

 

 

 

33. Thursday, 11th June, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Photographic Materials Group

Louis Porter, Artist/Museum Photographer

Original Copies: Albumen Printing the Scanned Negatives of Victorian Photographer John Thomson

 

 

 

32. Wednesday, 10th June, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group

Caitlin Southwick, Founder & Executive Director, Ki Culture / Sustainability in Conservation

Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: Our Past and Our Future

 

 

 

31. Tuesday, 9th June, 4pm, BST

Rita Udina, Paper & Book Conservator

Conservation of oiled or impregnated tracing paper

 

 

 

 

30. Monday, 8th June, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Modern Materials Network.

Louise Dennis, Curator of MoDiP, the Museum of Design in Plastics at the Arts University Bournemouth

An introduction to MoDiP and a look at museological relationships with plastics

 

 

 

29. Thursday, 4th June, 4pm, BST

Herre de Vries, Book & Paper Conservator, RNA - restauratie nijhoff asser

The identification of 'shark skin' on bookbindings as leather or parchment

 

 

 

28. Wednesday, 3 June, 4pm, BST

Hayley Simon, PhD student, UCL Institute of Archaeology 

Corrosion and conservation of the Mary Rose cast iron cannon shot

 

 

 

27. Tuesday, 2 June, 4pm, BST

Emma Nichols, Book & Paper Conservator, Cambridge University Library

‘Giving Them Back Their Voice’ - The Paper Analysis and Development of an In Situ Conservation Treatment Method of a WWII Moisture Damaged Nominal Roll

 

 

 

 

26. Thursday, 28 May, 4pm, BST

Lorraine Finch ACR, Freelance Conservator - LF Conservation and Preservation

Caring for your collections on a shoestring

The chat during the talk had lots of helpful tips (UK and Intl.) so check it out here! 

 

 

 

25. Wednesday, 27 May, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group.

Josep Grau-Bové, Lecturer, UCL

Using online and open apps for preventive conservation

 

 

 

24. Tuesday, 26 May, 4pm, BST

Tiffany Eng Moore, Book & Paper Conservator, TEM Conservation

How Do We Assess Mould Levels? Exploring the Parameters of Rapid Adenylate Bioluminescent Swabs in Conservation.

 

 

 

21. Wednesday, 20 May, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group.

Carl Heron, Director of Scientific Research, British Museum

100 years of Scientific Research at the British Museum

 

 

 

20. Tuesday, 19 May, 4pm, BST

Melissa Lewis ACR FRSA, Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art

The Circular Econonmy: The art world and museums

 

 

 

19. Monday, 18 May, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Modern Materials Network.

Vanessa Applebaum, Conservation and Collections Care Manager, Science Museum (Blythe House)

Preserving Innovation: Considering the Treatment and Materiality of 3D Printed Objects in Museums

 

 

 

18. Thursday, 14 May, 4pm, BST

Moira Duncan, Doctoral Student in Early Modern Literature, University of Ottawa

William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

 

 

 

17. Wednesday, 13 May, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group.

Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Creating constructive pathways to aid ethical sampling decisions in scientific research for cultural heritage

 

 

15. Thursday, 7 May, 4pm, BST

Emily Williams, Associate professor of Archaeological Conservation, University of Durham, UK

Sustaining Objects: narrative and outreach

 

 

 

14. Wednesday, 6 May, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group.

Katrien Keune, Head of Science, Rijksmuseum, NL

Metal Soaps in Art: from first observations towards a deeper understanding

 

 

 

13. Tuesday, 5 May, 4pm, BST

Bridget Mitchell, Book Conservator, Owner of ArcaPreservation.co.uk

The Book Shelter - Open Display, covered.

 

 

12. Thursday, 30 April, 4pm, BST

Henrike Lähnemann, Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics, University of Oxford, UK

Recycled Parchment. Manuscript Fragments in Medieval Dresses

 

Youtube link mentioned during the webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJNCe5JzA-4

 

11. Tuesday, 28 April, 4pm, BST

Roger Williams, Book & Paper Conservator, Northwestern University Libraries

Adaptable Conservation Book Support: a DIY & open-design tool

 

 

10. Thursday, 23 April, 4pm, BST

Nic Rayner, Conservator (Retired) 

Analysing environmental condition data using Microsoft Excel

 

The set of instructions and blank spreadsheet with the formulas to input data into can be downloaded by clicking (instructions) and here (spreadsheet with formulas), or at the bottom of the page in 'documents'

 

9. Wednesday, 22 Apr, 4pm, BST

We are pleased to be joined in this series by the Icon Heritage Science Group.

Eleanor Schofield, Head of Conservation & Collections Care, Mary Rose Trust

Where the arts meet science: Keeping the Mary Rose shipshape

 

 

 

8. Tuesday, Apr 21, 4pm, BST

Shona Hunter, National Library of Scotland, UK

What a performance! The preservation and photogrammetry of a giant pop-up book at the National Library of Scotland

 

 

7. Thursday, Apr 16, 4pm, BST

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, Assoc. Dir. for Preservation and Conservation, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

From Craft to Columbia: Paul N. Banks and the Education of Library and Archives Conservators in the U.S.

 

 

 

6. Tuesday, Apr 14, 4pm GMT

Caroline Bendix ACR, Library conservator

Conserving the National Trust's libraries

 

 

 

5. Thursday, Apr 9, 4pm GMT

Kristine Rose-Beers ACR, Head of Conservation, Chester Beatty, Dublin

Exploring the materiality of the early Islamic book: preparing to conserve an early Qur’an manuscript in the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty

 

 

 

4. Tuesday, April 7, 4pm GMT

Arantza Dobbels, Project Conservator, The National Archives, & BPG Student Liaison Officer

Introduction to Icon for students

 

 

 

3. Thursday, April 2, 4pm GMT

David Mills, Scientist

Digitisation without disruption

 

 

 

 

2. Tuesday, March 31st, 4pm GMT

Fiona McLees ACR, Paper Conservator, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

From author’s draft to select library holding: the metamorphosis of Franz Kafka’s manuscripts

A link to Fiona's full paper can be found here

 

 

 

1. Thursday, March 26th, 4pm GMT

Andrew Honey ACR FSA, Book Conservator, research and teaching, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

‘Torn, wrinkled, stained, and otherwise naughty sheets’ – how should we interpret paper faults in seventeenth-century paper?

 

 

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Potential speakers

Please email Holly Smith & Abby Bainbridge at iconbpg@gmail.com, or tweet/DM Abby at @bainbridgecons. We are open to talks from conservators and people who work with conservators (curators, librarians?), geared towards conservators at all stages of their career—including students/prospective students. It can be a talk you’ve given already or something new. The software has the capability to share your screen, so the presentation would look like your Powerpoint or similar with a voiceover, or the video of you talking, or both. Participants can send in questions that you can answer in real time or at the end. We will run through a trial webinar with speakers beforehand so you’re comfortable.

Please note

We will do our best to keep to the schedule but, depending on everyone’s health and work situations, we may need to make changes, even at the last minute.  

 

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