FenellaFranceNCPTT announces Spectral Imaging for Conservation, it’s newest workshop in the conservation science series. In August 24-26, 2016, participants will meet at the Udall Center for Museum Resources in Santa Fe, Mew Mexico to learn the hands-on technique of spectral imaging, also known as hyperspectral imaging.  Hyperspectral imaging is the process of taking digital photos of an object using narrow ranges of the visible and nonvisible light spectrum, revealing what previously could not be seen by the human eye.  The technique is valuable in discovering new information form texts, books, and artwork.  For example, hyperspectral imaging of Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence clearly confirmed past speculation that Jefferson made an interesting word correction during his writing of the document.

Fenella G. France, Chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the U.S. Library of Congress, is one of the nation’s leading experts in spectral imaging. She will serve as the co-instructor of the workshop, along with Meghan A. Wilson. France holds a Ph.D and a master’s degree in textile science, as well as a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from universities in New Zealand and Australia.

NCPTT is pleased to partner with 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 to host this workshop.

To learn more details , visit our training and conference webpage.

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