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Public event on use of smell in heritage science

From: Lorraine Gibson <lorraine.gibson<-at->
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Free Public Heritage Science Event
Great Court, British Museum
Sat 23 March
11:00 - 16:00

Ever wondered what causes the evocative smell of old books?  What do
smelly plastics tell us about their identity, stability or history?
Can we 'smell' objects to find out more about their previous pest
control treatments?  "Heritage Smells!" an interdisciplinary
research consortium is seeking to answer these, and other similar,

Scientists, conservators and archivists will be running displays,
fun science experiments and demonstrating instrumentation used to
'smell' objects during 'Zoom In: a closer look at science', the
British Museum's National Science and Engineering Week event.  This
free public event aims to have fun by playing with our sense of
smell, but also link the chemical smell to objects allowing us to
better inform custodians of collections about objects in a truly
non-invasive way.

The science event is aimed at children and adults, come along and
join the fun.


    <URL:> for more details.

Dr. Lorraine T. Gibson MRSC CChem FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry
Dept. of Pure and Applied Chemistry
R6.73 Royal College Building
University of Strathclyde
+44 141 548 2224
Mobile: +44 7968 975417

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