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[LECTURE] Application of Handheld XRF in Cultural Heritage Conservation
posted by University Museum and Art Gallery for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

This lecture will give a brief overview of XRF analysis as it relates to cultural heritage and the fields of conservation and material science. Accessible to the general public, this talk will include a range of applications and the related results of XRF data analysis. Key examples will include the conservation of frescoes in a Neolithic settlement, the sourcing of objects for analysis, and the exploration of life on Mars.

Handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) spectrometers serve a wide range of applications
in the fields of art, conservation and archaeology. XRF allows for the non-destructive and in-situ elemental analysis of paintings, artefacts, sculptures and building finishes.

By determining the elemental composition of objects, researchers are better able to draft a conservation plan in relation to chemical changes or surface deterioration. The materials being analysed may also be heterogeneous, in which case, available standards are often not applicable. All of these factors must be considered for the correct application and interpretation of the data.

The lecture will give a general introduction to the field of handheld XRF analysis and is aimed at a general public interested in conservation and material science.

About the speaker

Dr Lee Drake worked as a senior applications scientist for Bruker Nano, where he specialised in XRF for art conservation and cultural heritage. He has worked in museums around the world, from the Smithsonian Freer Gallery to the Natural History Museum of London to the Bibliotheque National de France on topics as varied as pigment identification, conservation, archaeometry, agriculture, and semiconducters. He is the author of numerous publications and is currently vice president of the Paleoresearch Institute.

Organised by:

University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG)
Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACLab)
HKUL Preservation & Conservation Division
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Arts

Generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Date/Time28/08/2017 18:00-20:00
VenueDrake Gallery, 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 08/08/2017 10:00(HKT) to 28/08/2017 14:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 80.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

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