Mobile Heritage Lab takes part in Hampton Court 500 celebrations

Science behind Henry VIII’s tapestries

MHL at Hampton Court Palace 500This year Historic Royal Palaces celebrates the Hampton Court Palace 500 year anniversary. As part of this programme, the Science Team at the Conservation and Collections Care Department organised an “Ask the Conservator event” on Heritage Science, held on Friday 18 September 2015. The SEAHA Mobile Lab went to Hampton Court Palace to take part on this event to promote the fascinating outcomes of the collaborative research between the ISH and HRP on the environmental protection of Hampton’s Court magnificent Tudor tapestries. The Mobile Lab was used to display experiments on analysis of fibers, FTIR, microscopy and the use of UV light for the study of artifacts, as well as the monitoring of environmental risks to the tapestries. The Mobile Heritage Lab is a unique offering provided by the Centre For Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), it is a joint venture between University College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, and is funded by EPSRC. For more information on the Mobile Heritage Lab, please visit: www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/mobile-heritage-lab/.