Wednesday 14th March 2018


Double Bill: From Conservation to Innovation



Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 6pm at Our Lady's Abingdon


6pm: Science in the Service of Henry VIII: Conserving a Tudor Collection


The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s English fleet, sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. The hull now resides in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a number of the discovered artefacts. These provide us with a unique insight into Tudor Maritime life and act as a time capsule for this particular moment in history.  Many different materials were found, from leather, wood, human remains to iron, bronze and lead, with items varying from minuscule dice to gun carriages. The development of suitable conservation strategies has been crucial in ensuring the long-term stability of these precious finds.


In this lecture, Dr Eleanor Schofield will give an overview of the conservation techniques and strategies employed over the last three decades. Alongside this, the criticality of new advanced materials and techniques, such as synchrotron based analysis and the development of nanotechnology enabled strategies, in ensuring the long term protection of this important cultural heritage will be demonstrated.


8pm: Challenging Robots with the Extreme

Various industries around the world struggle with challenging environments – environments where it’s difficult, or impossible, to send people to do a job. The technical hurdles may be different for each of these: radiation, extreme temperature and pressure, vacuum and magnetic fields are just a few examples, but the solutions will often have common features. Rob Buckingham, director of RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) at UKAEA, will be talking about how the company are pushing the limits of robotics and artificial intelligence to solve some of these challenges.




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