Here are the much anticipated details of a five day wood identification
course scheduled for February 2010. Please direct all queries to Peter
Gasson (see below for contact details).
Identification of Wood, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 8-12 February
The course is designed for people working with wood: botanists,
archaeologists, conservators, furniture and picture restorers, and workers
in forensic science and allied professions.
The course will include the following:
• Detailed study of wood structure for both hardwoods and softwoods
using light microscopy.
• Methods used for the identification of wood including keys, tables,
atlases, computer systems and comparison with authenticated material.
• Two days devoted to lectures and practical identification sessions
concentrating on archaeological charcoal and waterlogged wood, root
woods and decorative veneers and timbers.
• Tours of the reference collection of microscope slides (Jodrell
Laboratory) and wood collection (Museum of Economic Botany).
Course Tutors: Peter Gasson (Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
and Lucy Allott (Archaeology SE, University College London)
Maximum number of participants: 10
Course fee: £450 per person. This includes registration pack and course
materials, but not travel or accommodation, which must be booked by students
themselves. Advice on accommodation can be supplied on request.
For further details please contact:
Dr Peter Gasson,
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. UK.
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