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Ultraviolet Fluorescence

Exposure to ultra violet light can cause some substances to fluoresce. This is particularly useful to distinguish between varnish types and to indentify retouching. Some pigments have particular characteristic fluorescence. Madder for instance fluoresces bright orange. Ultraviolet light can therefore be used to identify a number of characteristics.

 

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Praise for Spike Bucklow's 'Red'

Feb 09, 2018

Spike Bucklow's "Red" was placed on the American Library Association's prestigious 'Choice List' of Outstanding Academic Publications, 2017. A review in the Burlington Magazine (CLIX, 2017, p. 737) said it was ‘written by a research scientist but with the flair of a biographer’

Artists before Columbus: new research on the Caribbean’s largest concentration of indigenous pre-Columbian rock art

Oct 30, 2017

Published by the Journal of Archaeological Science on 30 October, the paper reveals key discoveries such as the first direct rock art dates in the Caribbean, how pre-Columbian rock-art was made and their paint recipes.

Conservation Blog now available

Jun 22, 2017

Conservators at the Fitzwilliam Museum have started a blog.

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