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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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News of the death of Herbert Lank, first director of the Hamilton Kerr institute 1974-80

Dec 09, 2020

We are sad to announce the death of Herbert Lank, the first director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) who died in September 2020. Herbert was born in Berlin in 1925 but settled in England in 1937.

Conservation students help deliver teacher enrichment

May 07, 2019

HKI students talked to teachers about how they reconstructed a 15th century painting as part of a successful CPD day.

HKI in film to promote interest in museum collections

Jan 29, 2019

Staff and students star in a short film made by the Colnaghi Foundation in collaboration with the Wallace Collection to give the public an insight into what lies behind museum collections.

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