Heritage Science Explained, part 1
Heritage science plays an increasingly important role in the fields of both active (treatments) and passive (preventive) conservation, archaeology and (technical) art history. Analytical techniques supply insights into the constituting materials and internal structure, the genesis, the material history and the degradation mechanisms of heritage objects and are key in developing mitigating strategies for a broad range of conservation issues.
This micro credential is relevant for people working in the heritage sector in different positions. It is especially relevant for researchers, conservators, restorers, archaeologists, art historians, guides, … who want to learn more or gain in depth insights in materials and techniques used in heritage.
The optical microscope (OM) is a daily tool for every heritage caretaker, who employs this for researching, monitoring as well as documenting conservation treatments. During this course, we will therefore extensively discuss all theoretical and operational aspects and put these into practice. The course is divided into four parts:
Part 1: Introduction to OM:
Part 2: Sample extraction
Part 3: Sample preparation
Part 4: Prepared samples and cross-sections under the OM
All the theoretical aspects mentioned above, are also practiced during on-campus tutorials, for which attendance is compulsory.
Three micro credentials cover the entire domain of material research from a technical point of view, in heritage science. These micro credentials, each focusing on different techniques, can be followed separately or consecutively, according to the level of skills needed or learners’ interests.
The entire learning path consists of the following micro credentials: