On the penultimate day of the tour we are in Harvard. Hosted by Brenda Bernier, Head of Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library we started with a tour of the conservation department on the top floor, led by the Head of Book Conservation, Alan Puglia.
Steve was delighted to see an account book from the Harvard Medici Collection undergoing conservation, by another ex-Montefiascone student.
We presented our paper to a full house of conservators, conservation scientists, curators and researchers and once again demonstrated the technique of taking a non destructive sample. We were lucky to be joined by Daniel Kirby, Primary Analytical Investigator/Scientist, Strauss Center for Conservation, Harvard Art Museum. Dan offers a similar service in Harvard, but mainly focusing cultural artefacts.
Exciting discussions were had about where this technique could be used for other applications including identifying sizing in paper or even albumen in photographs.