The Secret of Surfaces: Reflectance Transformation Imaging [RTI] – Training Course

Delivered by Marta Pilarska Scottish Maritime Museum

Date: 27th September 2019 10.30 am – 5 pm

Venue: The Conference Room, Museums Galleries Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

£ 35.00   regular tickets

£ 20.00   students

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RTI is a non-invasive imaging technique for documenting the surfaces of archaeological objects, intricately carved stonework, works of art or archive material.

Combining the data from many images of the object, RTI produces files that show the object’s surface interactively in detail. A special RTI Viewer software enables us to manipulate the light source within the image  – making us see the object lit from different angles. This creates a 3D effect of the virtual surface structure.

The RTI training course will show the possibilities of documentation for a range of objects and materials – from the mapping of archaeological artefacts to monitoring flaking paint layers or the growth of mould on archival documents, to detecting fine details of wax seals.

Marta Pilarska will take the attendees through the basic steps of taking RTI-compatible photographs, capturing and processing the images with the software to create interactive RTI image files.

Museum and heritage professionals, conservators and everyone interested in RTI are welcome.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops and may bring their own objects to image. During the session, we will be able to capture 3-4 datasets and the final selection of objects to be documented will be made on the day of the event. However, pre-event consultations regarding suggested objects are encouraged. Original objects, whether works on paper or 3D objects are ideal although you might find less valuable (but still historic) artefacts easier to transport. Small to medium size historic objects from ‘handling collections’ are ideal.

Marta Pilarska is an artworks conservator and digital heritage specialist. Her professional interests focus on exploring how digital technologies combined with conservation science can aid heritage preservation.

This event has been generously supported by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Maritime Museum.


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Paper Conservators in Scotland News and Ideas Exchange 2019

When: 12.45pm for 1pm start, Wednesday 15th May 2019
Where: The Board Room, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EW
Cost: Free! Refreshments included. Thanks to Icon Scotland Group for financial support.

This now annual event is an opportunity for us to get together to share news and information about our current work. We are looking for 5 minute presentations about a topic that you think your paper colleagues would be interested to hear about. We invite paper people in (and near) Scotland of all levels of experience to contribute, and are hoping to have a very supportive and non judgemental afternoon.

There will be tea, coffee and cake at the start, at the end, and in the middle, giving plenty of opportunity to chat with colleagues. Contributions of baking are welcome.

Your topic might be about

  • An interesting treatment you are or have recently been involved with
  • A treatment that threw up challenges
  • A conservation problem you are faced with that you would like colleagues’ ideas on
  • A new technique or piece of equipment that you have been using

Some of the many interesting topics presented last year included the treatment of photos, books, parchment and chocolate (!); decision making processes; a triumph in controlling a difficult environment; exhibition preparations; monitoring vibrations near a big building project; a nifty new piece of kit to cut infills – and so much more!

Presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes. To help on the technical side we would like people to send digital submissions for their presentations in advance to Mary Garner m.garner@nls.uk

The space is limited to about 40 people. We are hoping that up to 20 presentations will be given. Booking priority is given to people offering to present.

Please send requests to present / attend to helencreasy@gmail.com

Don’t be shy! There are lots of us paper conservators in Scotland and we meet up all too rarely. We hope that this event, like the previous four years, will connect us better so we can continue to support and help each other in the future.

Events Questionnaire 2018

Last year’s event questionnaire was really useful to us, so once again, we would like to know what kind of training and events you’d particularly like to see in Scotland!

The survey will close on 20 January 2019. Please follow the link below and let us know what events you’d like us to host in Scotland next year! All comments and suggestions are welcome!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P3QFPN8

Call for Papers – Monuments in Monuments, 2019 Conference

Monuments in Monuments Conference, Monday 2 September to Wednesday 4 September 2019, the Engine Shed, Stirling

Are you a conservation professional? We’re inviting contributions for abstracts for our conference next year on the conservation of stone monuments and objects inside traditional buildings.

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About the conference

Our Monuments in Monuments Conference is an exciting, three-day international conference that offers the opportunity for conservation practitioners to network and share experiences.

The conference aims to examine the conservation of immobile stone monuments, structures or objects inside traditional buildings, and their conservation challenges.

Bringing together international conservation practitioners from across the world, we’ll explore innovative and traditional approaches to stone conservation inside traditional buildings. We’ll also examine whether a holistic conservation approach is possible.

We’re running the conference at our dedicated conservation centre in Stirling, the Engine Shed, and delegates will also have the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic heritage sites in Scotland to explore these issues first-hand.

The key themes

We’re inviting abstract submissions under these five key themes:

  • Investigation & survey: The role of imaging, heritage science, material characterisation and analysis
  • Creating a protective building envelope: Materials and design approaches to the external structure that supports the conservation of internal structures
  • Conservation challenges: Preventive and remedial conservation of sculptural elements inside historic spaces including:
    • Environmental control
    • Salt reduction
    • Controlling moisture ingress
    • Consolidation
    • Cleaning
    • Repair
  • Conservation in context: Use and adaptation of traditional buildings and their impact on internal monuments
  • Stakeholder engagement: The roles and responsibilities of communities, owners, visitors and other stakeholders to achieve sustainable conservation of a ‘living’ space

Get involved

We’re inviting abstracts from professionals who have an interest or expertise in stone conservation.

Your abstract should be:

  • No more than 300 words
  • Submitted in PDF format

If you’d like to submit an abstract, send all of the above to MiM2019@hes.scot by Thursday 31 January 2019. This is an extended deadline.

If your abstract is successful, you’ll be invited to submit a paper to present at our conference.

Please note our other deadlines:

Friday 22 February 2019: We’ll send notice of all successful abstracts

Tuesday 23 April: Deadline for full papers

Friday 31 May: Papers reviewed and returned to authors for final amendments

Friday 14 June: Receipt of finalised papers

Book your tickets and get more information here.

MIM

Golden notes: comments on the Icon 2018 Practical Gilding Course

This week’s blog comes from Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art, who recently attended the 3-day Practical Gilding Course organised by Icon Scotland in September 2018…

As part of the activities organised by the Scotland Group of the Institute of Conservation (Icon), the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH), University of Glasgow had the privilege to host a 3-day practical gilding course, between the 3rd and 5th of September 2018. Taught by the Head Frames Conservator of the Royal Museums Greenwich, Tim Ritson, and attended by a diverse group of 11 conservators and 2 students from Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Wales, the course aimed to familiarise the participants with the materials and techniques of the two traditional methods of gilding: water based, and oil based.

Conservator Tim Ritson applying a layer of white size (diluted rabbit skin glue with chalk). Image credit: Daniel Sanchez

Conservator Tim Ritson applying a layer of white size (diluted rabbit skin glue with chalk). Image credit: Daniel Sanchez

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NCS Conference Series – ‘Passive Aggressive?’

The National Conservation Service (NCS) is very pleased to announce the third of four conferences called ‘Passive Aggressive? – Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage’.  The first two events in July, one hosted at The National Archives (UK) and the second at National Library of Wales hosted by CyMAL, were very well attended and well received.  All four are being generously sponsored by Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd, in order to make the conferences free to delegates.

We are delighted that The National Galleries of Scotland and the Icon Scotland Group have offered to partner with us to provide the third of these conferences, to be held at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh on the 20th of September 2018 from 10:00 until 17:00.

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Parchment Conservation Workshop

Location: National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SL

Date: 22-23 November 2018

Time: 09:00-17:00 each day

Tickets: Icon Members £150, Non-Icon Members £180

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This course will be delivered by Lara Artemis ACR and Mariluz Beltran de Guevara ACR, and will involve a mixture of taught and practical sessions.

Introduction to the history of materials and techniques in parchment conservation

This session will include an overview of the early history of parchment conservation and will give participants an opportunity to try out the range of techniques and the materials applied through the years up to the present day. The session will also encourage discourse on the various preservation issues that may have since been created through the use of some of the materials and techniques. This will then take the practical session towards current theory into practice, which will include the evolution of more appropriate materials and techniques, especially in view of our greater understanding of the preservation needs of parchment.

Parchment conservation and preservation in the 21st Century

This session will include an overview of some of the current practices in parchment conservation, with specific focus on practical analysis and remoistenable techniques and materials. You will also have the chance to undertake parchment mounting techniques.  Again, the session will encourage discussion on future thinking and the challenges that may be ahead of us as specialist conservators.

There are 15 places available and tickets cost £150 for Icon members and £180 for non-members.  Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments. Sales go live on 2 July and close on 20 November at 17:00 or whenever the event sells out.

Refund policy: Refunds will be given up to 30 days before the event

Questions about this event can be emailed to Isobel Griffin (i.griffin@nls.uk)

3-Day Practical Gilding Course

Location: Centre for Textile Conservation, The Robertson Building, Level 3, 56 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6AQ

Date: 3rd – 5th September 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 each day)

Tickets: Student – £150, Icon member – £250, Non-Icon member – £300

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This course aims to  familiarise  the  students  with materials,  methods  and  techniques  of  both  water  and  oil gilding.    The  course  will  give  participants  the  opportunity to  learn  a  variety  of  skills  relating  to  gilding  using traditional materials  and  techniques.    Participants will take away with them a gilded frame.

This practical course will cover some information about gilding conservation, making it particularly useful to newly qualified conservators; however it is also suited to anyone with an interest in gilding – beginner, refresher or someone with experience.

To quote the Tutor, Tim Ritson, “Gilding skills are very transferable and even as an experienced gilder I’m always interested in picking up new techniques.”

All tools and materials are included in the cost.  Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

 Tutor: Tim Ritson

Head of Frames Conservation at the Royal Museums Greenwich

Tim first discovered the skills and techniques of gilding and frame making while working at the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Since then, Tim has developed his passion, gaining specialist knowledge, skills and experience in the art of gilding, carving and frame making. After working in a private conservation studio in Venice, Tim moved to The Royal Collection Trust where he spent 5 years conserving frames throughout the Royal Palaces. Tim is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge to promote the continuance of traditional craft skill.

Gilding Course

Fosshape Workshop

Today’s blog was written by Gwen Thomas, Collections Care Officer for The City of Edinburgh Council. It describes a recent training event at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre…

On Friday April 20th I was fortunate to be part of a group of 8 conservators attending the ICON Scotland Fosshape workshop at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. The workshop was led by Glasgow Museums Textile Conservator Maggie Dobbie, who aimed to show us how flexible and versatile a material Fosshape can be in making temporary costume mounts.  She has used it with success in the past for making multiple costume mounts quickly and inexpensively, as well as being able to fashion it in a way that works for unusual objects that can’t be mounted on a standard form, such as bathing costumes.

 

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Paper Conservators in Scotland: News and Ideas Exchange 2018

When: 12.45pm for 1pm start, Thursday 10th May 2018
Where: Centre for Research Collections, 5th Floor, University of Edinburgh Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
Cost: Free! Refreshments included. Thanks to Icon Scotland Group for financial support.

This now annual event is an opportunity for us to get together to share news and information about our current work. We are looking for 5 minute presentations about a topic that you think your paper colleagues would be interested to hear about. We invite paper people in (and near) Scotland of all levels of experience to contribute, and are hoping to have a very supportive and non-judgemental afternoon. Read about previous news and idea exchanges here and here!

There will be tea, coffee and cake at the start, at the end, and the in the middle, giving plenty of opportunity to chat with colleagues.

Your topic might be about

  • An interesting treatment you are or have recently been involved with
  • A detail of a treatment that threw up challenges
  • A conservation problem you are faced that you would like colleagues’ ideas on
  • A new technique or piece of equipment that you have been using

Last year some of the many interesting topics included ethics, water quality, and crowd sourcing; treatment of papyrus, 3D models, and tracing paper; and working as a trainee, and in isolation.

Presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes. To help on the technical side we would like people to send digital submissions for their presentations in advance to Emily Hick who is hosting the event (email to emily.hick@ed.ac.uk ).

The space is limited to about 30 people. We are hoping that up to 20 presentations will be given.

Please send requests to present / attend to helencreasy@gmail.com

Don’t be shy! There are lots of us paper conservators in Scotland and we meet up all too rarely. We hope that this event, like the previous three years, will connect us better so we can support and help each other in the future.

Paper Conservators Event at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Paper Conservators Event at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh in 2015