Webinar: Materials Science for Built Heritage Conservation

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Tuesday, 30 June, 2020

Presented by Francesca Gherardi, materials scientist at Historic England, and Alison Henry, Head of Building Conservation & Geospatial Survey at Historic England.

The webinar will take place next Tuesday (30.06.2020). The link to attend the webinar or to watch the recorded webinar is:

The webinar is part of "Technical Tuesdays: technical conservation webinars", organized by Historic England's Technical Conservation Team.

In particular, this webinar will explore the contribution of materials science to the conservation of built heritage. It will explain how scientific techniques carried out in the laboratory or on site can be used to learn more about material composition and causes of decay, and how this can inform repair strategies and specifications. Some of the challenges and limitations to be aware of when commissioning materials science work will be described. An overview of the setup of pilot-sites to assess conservation treatments in historic buildings, and the role of materials science in the development of innovative conservation treatments will also be presented.