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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 (


Friday 9 September 2016

Micro-fading Workshop

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.