Webinar: The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS), 24 jun 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1 London)

Webinar: The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS), 24 jun 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1 London)

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.

The next talk will be Matija Strlic giving their talk The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS)

Overview
Much could be gained from research that is openly shared, as well as from research that is collaboratively developed. The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) will specifically promote the sharing of facilities where research is carried out – whether scientific laboratories, conservation workshops or art history research departments. Namely, investments into unique research facilities and expertise are much better justifiable if access to such facilities is open to external researchers. Many such facilities already exist and operate nationally and in order to reduce the risk of duplication, E-RIHS will be developed into a distributed infrastructure. This way, excellent facilities will pool some of their operational time to enable research to be carried out internationally and collaboratively, with lean central management. E-RIHS, including its UK node, E-RIHS.UK, is still actively developing and collaboration is actively promoted across the spectrum of heritage research.

About the speaker
Matija Strlic is Professor of Heritage Science at University College London and Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana. His main research interests are the development of heritage science infrastructure, including instrumentation and methodology, as well as modelling of heritage materials, environments, values and decision making. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the International Institute for Conservation and was Chair of the ICON Heritage Science Committee from 2015-2018.

CSIC Interdisciplinary Platform Open Heritage, research and Society is member of Spanish node in E-RIHS.

Date: 24 jun 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1)

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Webinar: Applying alkaline nanoparticles to deacidify alum-treated wood, 17 June 16:00 pm (GMT+1 London)

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.

The next talk will be Susan Braovac & Fabrizio Andriulo giving their talk Applying alkaline nanoparticles to deacidify alum-treated wood.

Overview
Conservation of waterlogged archaeological wood using alum salts (potassium aluminum sulfate, ammonium aluminum sulfate) was a method used in the past to treat highly degraded wood. It was used on the Viking Age wooden finds from Oseberg, recovered in 1904 near Tønsberg, Norway. Today this wood is very acidic (pH ≤ 2), mainly due to the acid absorbed during the alum treatment. High acidity has caused the wood polymers to undergo a slow degradation over time. In order to slow down degradation, the research project Saving Oseberg investigates retreatment methods for these finds. In some cases retreatment cannot undergo water-based methods. For such objects, we are currently testing alkaline nanoparticles (calcium hydroxide in isopropanol) to deacidify the wood. We present a background of the alum method, facts about calcium hydroxide nanoparticles and show ongoing practical work using these.

About the speaker
Dr. Susan Braovac is an archaeological conservator in the research project Saving Oseberg (SO) at the Museum of Cultural History (2014-20). She has investigated the problems of alum-treated wood since the late 1990s. Dr. Fabrizio Andriulo is a conservation scientist who is a post-doctoral fellow in Saving Oseberg, and specializes in application of alkaline nanoparticles to acidic wood. Pia Kristina Edqvist is an archaeological conservator and joined the SO team in April 2020.

Date:17 jun 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1)

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Webinar: «Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: Our Past and Our Future», 10 June 16:00 pm (GMT+1)

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.

The next talk will be Caitline Southwick giving their talk Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: Our Past and Our Future

Overview
Sustainability is a global issue. As realities surrounding climate change and social injustice become more apparent and hit closer to home, people are ready to do something about it. But what does cultural heritage have to do with climate change? How do museums impact social justice? Why do conservators need to learn how to think green in their practice? This webinar will outline what sustainability means to cultural heritage and what unique opportunities the sector has to engage with and promote sustainability – resulting in holistic change and contributing to a sustainable future for all.

About the speaker
Caitlin Southwick (MSc, PD) is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation. She has over eight years of international training and experience in the conservation field. Her interest in sustainability derived from her personal passion for the environment and she believes strongly in the duality of conserving cultural heritage and the planet. She is a former professional member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Sustainability Committee and is the current Secretary of the Sustainability Working Group for the International Council of Museums.

Date:10 jun 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1)


Webinar Using online and open apps for preventive conservation, 27 may 16:00 pm (GMT+1)

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.

The next talk will be Dr Josep Grau-Bove (Sustainable Heritage, University College London) giving their talk Using online and open apps for preventive conservation

Overview
Online apps for preventive conservation are proliferating in the web. For free and with a few clicks it is possible to analyse humidity and temperature data, estimate pollutant concentration indoors, predict dust deposition rates, and many other tasks, basic and advanced. Current research projects (such as the developments around IPERION-HS and ERIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) will accelerate the creation of new online platforms and improve their capabilities. In this talk, I will provide an overview, with practical demonstrations, of some of the best available online tools, and present a blueprint for future developments.

Date: 27 may 2020 04:00 PM (GMT+1)

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Conservation: Together at Home Webinar Series

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.

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. 

  • 25. Wednesday, 27 May, 4pm, BST

Using online and open apps for preventive conservation, Josep Grau-Bové, Lecturer, UCL.

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.

  • 26. Thursday, 28 May, 4pm, BST

Caring for your collections on a shoestring, Lorraine Finch ACR, Freelance Conservator – LF Conservation and Preservation.

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.

  • 27. Tuesday, 2 June, 4pm, BST

‘Giving Them Back Their Voice’ – The Paper Analysis and Development of an In Situ Conservation Treatment Method of a WWII Moisture Damaged Nominal Roll, Emma Nichols, Book & Paper Conservator, Cambridge University Library.

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.

  • 28. Thursday, 4th June, 4pm, BST

The identification of ‘shark skin’ on bookbindings as leather or parchment, Herre de Vries, Book & Paper Conservator, RNA – restauratie nijhoff asser.

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.

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