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Spectral Imaging for Conservation
NCPTT's Conservation Science Workshop Series

NCPTT's Conservation Science Workshop Series

August 24 - August 26, 2016

Santa Fe, NM

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Join us in Santa Fe to learn how spectral imaging can provide hidden details about objects.

NCPTT, the Friends of NCPTT, the Museums of New Mexico – Conservation ( a unit of Museum Resources Division) and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works are hosting a three-day workshop on the use of spectral imaging in conservation.

Students will be introduced to spectral image capture and processing to assess and discover a depth of unknown information hidden within the original source material. Participants will learn a range of spectral analytical techniques, have access to two image processing software programs and learn how to process spectral imaging datasets. Image processing examples will include how to retrieve non-visible data from objects such as palimpsests, watermarks, spectral mapping to separate colorants, spectral curve techniques for characterization of colorants, and tracking changes due to treatments and time.

Course activities include:

  • lectures and hands-on examination of historical materials,
  • image acquisition, and
  • data processing to understand better these artifacts.

Plan to be part of this workshop today!

Who Should Come?

  • Curators
  • Conservators
  • Conservation Scientists
  • Library and Archive staff
  • Preservation Professionals
  • Students, and more.

Dates: August 24-26, 2016

The course is limited to 16 participants.Registration is $299 per participant.Register Now Button






Fenella G. France is Chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress researching non-destructive imaging techniques, and prevention of environmental degradation to collections. Her current focus is the development of spectral imaging and image processing techniques, and increasing links and access between scientific and scholarly data, developing and providing training workshops to preservation professionals. She received her Ph.D. from Otago University, New Zealand. After lecturing at Otago, she was the research scientist for the Star-Spangled Banner project at the Smithsonian Institution. An international specialist on polymer aging and environmental deterioration, she focuses on links between mechanical properties and chemical changes from environmental damage and treatment protocols. Dr. France has worked on projects including the World Trade Centre Artifacts, Pre-Columbian mummies and textiles, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and lighting standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. With three decades of experience, she serves on a range of standards and professional committees for cultural heritage preservation and maintains close links and collaborations with colleagues from academic, cultural, forensic and federal institutions.

Meghan A. Wilson has over 5-years’ experience in advanced spectral imaging and image processing, both at the Library of Congress, and training and capturing data from a range of heritage materials including St. Catherine’s Monastery, Egypt, and University College London, UK.

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Since workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must inform us in writing via email mary_striegel@nps.gov or by fax 318-356-9119.

Cancellations more than 30 days before an event will be fully refunded less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, but funds may be credited towards a future NCPTT event. In the unlikely event that NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future NCPTT event.

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August 24, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
August 26, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
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Mary Striegel<br /><small>NCPTT's Conservation Science Workshop Series</small>
318-356-7444 ex 224


Stewart L. Udall Center for Museum Resources<br /><small>NCPTT's Conservation Science Workshop Series</small>
725 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119