Below is a list of previous events that the Icon Heritage Science group have held.
If you have any ideas of events that you would like to organise, please get in touch with our Events Coordinator, Dr Nigel Blades (email@example.com)
Friday 9 September 2016
Institute of Sustainable Heritage, University College London
Jevons Room, First Floor, 14 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0NN
Micro-fading is a fast and cost effective accelerated light aging technique
developed by Paul Whitmore from Carnegie Melon University. It is increasingly
being used by museums as it is particularly useful for establishing the light
sensitivity of individual objects where their chemical compositions or fading history
is not known. Different MFT systems and their applications will be describe. A
training session and demonstration of the MFT system developed by Jacob
Llewelyn Thomas will follow. Participants will be invited to bring in their own
objects to fade as a starting point for discussions on challenges regarding objects
of different materials with different surface properties. Fading with LED light will be
Thursday 17 November 2016
Bodlian Libraries and Hyperspectral Imaging
Weston Library, Bodleian libraries, University of Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
The Bodleian Libraries set up Heritage Science just over three years ago in
acknowledgement of an increasing demand for analysis and other scientific
support. Of particular interest is Raman spectroscopy which is being 'borrowed'
from Durham University, and a hyperspectral Imaging system. There is a very
small laboratory housing this equipment but demonstrations of both will be
possible to a small audience. There will also be a demonstration of ENVI software
which is being used to interogate the hyperspectral data for both materail
identification and revealing hidden texts. The laboratory is within the totally
upgraded Weston Library (Previously New Bodleian) and a tour of the Exhibition
spaces, Reading Rooms, centre for Digital Scholarship and public spaces can
easily be arranged.
Monday 9 January 2017
Mary Rose Trust conservation
Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth
A chance to see the newly renovated Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth Historic
Dockyard. A guided tour of the museum will take place, incorporating some behind
the scenes aspects. A selection of talks from conservators and scientists who
have contributed to the Mary Rose project will follow.
Friday 24 February 2017
Scanning Electron Microscopy theory & practice with a portable Hitachi TM3000, SEM
CSI: Sittingbourne, The Forum, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 2DL
Practical sessions with SEM examination of archeological and historic samples; and a visit
to CSI: Sittingbourne public access conservation lab and The Forum Heritage Hub.
Participants will receive general theory and practice with a Hitachi TM3000 low
vacuum SEM, and illustrations of how it has been employed for public engagement and
archeological conservation at CSI: Sittingbourne (IIC Keck Award winner 2012).
Opportunity for examination of selected participants’ samples and discounted future
bookings for the ‘CSI: Sittingbourne/RLAHA shared use SEM’ included. The shared use
SEM was purchased through funds donated by the Clothworkers Foundation.
16th August 2017
Building Conservation Science at Heriot Watt University
Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Wed 16 August 2017, 09:30 – 16:00
The application of heritage science to buildings is the focus of this one day event, hosted at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Speakers from academia and industry will discuss recent research activities that have led to evidence-based conservation of historic building materials such as stone, lime and glass. In addition, attendees will be invited to a tour of the new Lyall Centre to view the petrography laboratory.