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Historic document analysis using p-XRF: Pitfalls and Possibilities

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

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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

Organiser/contact person:

Dr Helen Wilson, Conservator - Heritage Science,

Email: helenlouisewilson@gmail.com, Direct dial: 020 3908 9263

Spaces: 15

Catering: Tea and coffee provided on arrival and during the afternoon break. Participants may buy their lunch at the TNA canteen

Closing date for bookings: Monday 4 September 2017

Refunds: Please view Heritage Science Group Refund Policy here.

Photocredit: pXRF analysis of 19th century wallpaper samples in a Board of Trade Design Register at The National Archives, UK. (c) Crown copyright 2017

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