We have established a research support laboratory to aid researchers of all types in their explorations of our collections. Up until now these techniques have been in development and have only been used to explore objects identified by curatorial, conservation and academic staff within the University. We are now offering the opportunity to conduct such investigations to the Libraries' wider audience, and in particular our onsite researchers.
The laboratory has two main pieces of equipment: a Raman spectrometer and a hyperspectral imaging system.
To apply to have material inspected or analysed please use this form. Those deemed to be of most academic interest will be taken forward. This will depend on the physical condition of the material, the importance of the academic question being asked, and the chances that we would get a successful result. Successful applications will lead to a meeting with the object(s) in the laboratory with the Head of Heritage Science, David Howell.
Applications for which funding is available will be given priority.