Digital Heritage in Conservation

These three one-day courses are an ideal introduction to Digital Heritage in Conservation. The courses are designed to complement each other, but can also be taken as standalone units.

An Introduction to Computer Applications for Conservators and Museum Professionals – Monday 25th June 2018

Although computational techniques proved to be particularly useful for conservation recording and documentation, decision making, restoration and presentation, there are limited opportunities for training. This course provides an introduction for conservators and museum professionals with little or no background in computer applications, with main emphasis on digital recording strategies, virtual reconstruction/digital restoration, 3D fabrication and online dissemination tools, platforms and useful software. It combines theoretical approaches to digital techniques in conservation, practical skills for the best use of computational tools and technical skills for beginners. The course will clarify the use and applications, advantages and limitations of each digital recording technique, focusing on examples covering a wide variety of artefacts types and materials as well as intangible cultural heritage. The basic concepts of 3D modelling, and the most commonly used tools for digital restoration and virtual reconstruction projects will be presented. The applications of 3D fabrication, including replication and storage/preventive conservation, gap filling/ remedial treatment will be explained. Web publication tools and platforms for sharing and accessing useful information and visuals will be presented.

Standard fee: £150 Student fee: £120

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) – Tuesday 26th June 2018

The surface topography of objects is key for understanding their material characteristics, asses their state of preservation, reveal hidden details and explore how they were made and used in the past. RTI is being used for recording texture and colour and revealing surface morphology. It produces interactive relighting files particularly useful for documentation, condition assessment and monitoring, presentation and online dissemination.

The theoretical part of this short course will explain the fundamental concepts, including instrumentation, data acquisition strategies, processing pipelines, viewing software and web publication tools, referring to characteristic examples and applications. During the practical part, participants will get hands-on experience by performing highlight data capture, processing, viewing and online publication. Participants can RTI visualise objects of their choice.

Standard fee: £300 Student fee: £240

Photogrammetry – Wednesday 27th June 2018

3D digitisation is increasingly being used for preservation, analysis and presentation of cultural heritage. 3D models provide enhanced options for documentation, public engagement, preventive conservation, remedial restoration and research. The theoretical part of this short course will provide an overview of theoretical background, principles and instrumentation, as well as characteristic examples and applications of 3D digitisation in cultural heritage. During the demonstration participants will become familiar with capturing, processing pipelines using commercial software for 3D digitisation from 2D images.

Standard fee: £250 Student fee: £200

If you wish to book onto all three courses we offer a discounted rate with a standard fee of £500, and student fee of £400.


Two bursaries are available for this course. Students, early career professionals and researchers are eligible to apply. The online bursary application form is available here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th June 2018. The bursary covers registration fees and refreshments. For further information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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