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From: Hielscher, Sabine [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 01 March 2009 17:57
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Subject: Workshop: Science and Heritage research cluster - Understanding
Complex Structures: The Conservation, Display and Interpretation of Lace
and Natural Objects

Science and Heritage research cluster
Understanding Complex Structures: The Conservation, Display and
Interpretation of Lace and Natural Objects

First Workshop 24th March 2009 at Natural History Museum 'Orientation
and Agenda-Setting'

This is to alert you the first of three workshops that will look at
conserving, displaying and re-interpreting complex textile artefacts and
natural objects.  They comprise a Research Cluster funded by the EPSRC/
AHRC Science and Heritage programme to encourage the interdisciplinary
exploration of the conservation needs, curatorial demands and cultural
challenges of complex artefacts.

Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please
contact Sabine Hielscher ([log in to unmask]).  The closing date
for applications to attend is Monday March 16th.

The cluster activities centre on the lace collections at Victoria and
Albert Museum (V&A), Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City
Museums as well as the collections of botanical, zoological and fossil
objects at the Natural History Museum.  Despite this focus, the outcomes
will be relevant to any setting which houses complex 'difficult' items
where the demands of conservation may conflict with those of display and
the nature of the objects makes interpretation and display problematic.

Participants will include conservators, cultural practitioners,
curators, designers, physicists and technologists, drawn from
universities, museums, archives and business.  The workshop activities
will generate research ideas and propose possible solutions to a range
of practical issues, through presentations, discussion and 'close
encounters' with objects at the Natural History Museum, V&A, Nottingham
Trent University and Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.  This
exchange of skills, experience, resources and scientific knowledge will
uncover a range of topical and insightful research questions to generate
further funded research work.

As well as being fundamental to conservation, science can reveal the
structure of complex artefacts, as well as their full significance as
part of historic material culture.  Techniques ranging from computer
animation to non-invasive imaging can reveal structures, and inform
interpretation.  The workshops may point towards techniques to see below
surfaces which can feed into representations and computer models of
structures, as well as new manufacturing techniques and processes to
radically enhance the display and interpretation of artefacts.

Further information can be found at the project website:

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