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Bright Ideas!
Light Management for Cultural Collections - Seminar and Workshop organised by the Icon Science and Care of Collections Groups


Venue:  Museum of Liverpool
Date: 25 March 2014


Event fee: £65 Icon members, £95 non-members, £40 students*


This event will be a practical seminar to share best practice through talks in the morning, and workshops in the afternoon. The afternoon sessions will include hands on demonstrations of how to of apply techniques such as microfading and colour measurement. Speakers include Bruce Ford from Art and Archival in Australia. Bruce has developed the application of the microfading method for many museums and art galleries, including National Museum of Australia, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presentations will compare different approaches to managing daylight in historic houses, as well as an update on LED technology for gallery lighting, and case studies of light management at museums and art galleries.


For further information, contact Siobhan Watts, Head of Conservation Science, National Museums Liverpool:
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0151 478 4866


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* a limited number of student places are available, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Draft programme.

10:00   Arrival, registration and refreshments


10:20 – Welcome and introduction   
10:30   Janet Dugdale, Director of Museum of Liverpool

10:30 – Breaking the rules: managing fading without (so much) guesswork
10:50    Bruce Ford, Chemist and Conservation Scientist, Art and Archival Pty

10:50 – Natural light: control and prediction
11:10    Paul Lankester, Icon Conservation Science Felllow, English Heritage

11:10 – Title to be confirmed
11:30     Nigel Blades, Preventive Conservation Advisor, National Trust

11:30 – Title to be confirmed
11:50    Jack Ridge / Kirsten Dunne, National Galleries of Scotland

11:50 – LED lighting in museums and galleries: comparing light sources.
12:10    Joseph Padfield, Conservation Scientist, The National Gallery, London.

12:10 – Error and variance in colour measurement
12:30  Speaker to be confirmed

12:30 –  Discussion: developing appropriate and sustainable lighting 13:30  guidelines

13:00 – Lunch

13:45 –      Workshops, 1 hour each. Participants nominate 2 workshops.
                 • Microfading
                 • Colour measurement
                 • Tour of Museum of Liverpool / light monitoring techniques
                 • LED lamps and demonstration of portable spectrometer

15:45   Tea / coffee 

16:00   Finish












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