This free session is run by the National Heritage Science Forum and Wikimedia UK. It will focus on giving attendees the skills and confidence to contribute and add their knowledge to Wikipedia, with a view to enhancing heritage science contributions. It is aimed at beginners: trainers from Wikimedia UK will be teaching how to create and edit pages, with follow-up resources provided after the session.
The event is free but limited to 15 places, please register on Eventbrite.
Further information about NHSF’s partnership with Wikimedia UK and work to enhance heritage science content on Wikimedia platforms is available here.
11th September 2017
Historic document analysis using p-XRF: Pitfalls and Possibilities
The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. If using Satnav postcode to use is TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive).
Mon 11 September 2017, 10:00 – 16:30 (Please arrive by 9.45am and wait at reception until collection by an event representative)
Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (pXRF) has become a widely used analytical tool in Heritage Science and Conservation but the particular challenges and advantages of the technique for analysis of documents and archival collections are not often highlighted. Portable XRF instruments are increasingly available at many libraries, archives, universities and other institutions and conservators or heritage scientists are often asked to employ the technique to answer specific questions. The wide variety of pXRF equipment and software available, together with the complexities of acquiring and interpreting analytical data from historic documents can be challenging to navigate.
This workshop is primarily intended for conservators and heritage scientists who have analysed or will soon analyse historic documents using pXRF. It is held in cooperation with the Icon Book and Paper Group and hosted by The National Archives, Kew and will offer presentations by four guest speakers with experience in pXRF analysis and its application to documents, opportunities for group discussions among participants, and hands-on demonstrations of pXRF analysis.
Speakers will include:
Abigail Bainbridge, West Dean College, Icon Book and Paper Group
Paul Garside, The British Library, Icon Book and Paper Group
Chris Wilkins, Cardiff University, PhD researcher
Helen Wilson, The National Archives, Icon Heritage Science Group