The two day intensive course will provide emerging and established conservation professionals with theoretical and practical foundations for understanding the use of nanocellulose films for conservation. These films are ideal for repairing transparent and translucent supports - they are nearly transparent under transmitted light and have excellent mechanical and ageing characteristics. For further details, see the recent article in The Journal of Paper Conservation, 2017 vol 18, no. 1, p 18-21.
The course consists of hands-on activities with a lecture, group discussions, examination of various nanocellulose films, preparation of films from microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and MFC-based nanocomposites, and the application of this new material on a selection of graphic artworks and documents made of translucent or transparent supports. All materials will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring substrates for testing and mending.
Dates: 24-25 May 2018
Location: The National Archives, Kew, TW9 4DU, United Kingdom
Cost: 250 GBP; note that the fee does not include lunch, there is a canteen on site and other dining options within a 10 minute walk. Payment details will be provided to participants.
Maximum participants: 12
Deadline for registration: April 15, 2018