The project aims to better understand material change within large library collections and assess how non-destructive surveying tools (NIR) could be most straightforwardly applied, in the context of document delivery to understand the ‘health’ of the library’s collection.
Photo-degradation of polymer-based rapid-prototype materials and their conservation through nanotechnology-based treatments
3D prints are entering museum collections as artists explore new creative possibilities. Similarly, museums realise the potential of Rapid Prototype (RP) technology for public engagement and conservation. Some polymeric RP materials have shown to be unstable, presenting an un-researched conservation challenge. The degradation mechanisms of RP polymers are investigated and the effectiveness of novel nanomaterials for plastics conservation assessed. In addition, a method (microfading) to rapidly identify photosensitive RP objects is being developed.
Looking at traditional materials, such as lime mortar, this research aims to design a repair pointing mortar which can mitigate driving-rain ingress to historic buildings. The research focuses on characterising the physical and chemical roles of additives, such as wood ash and crushed stones, in order to enhance the properties of lime mortars.
This research project will develop an online platform to model and examine heritage management scenarios. This will offer an opportunity for interaction, creation, communication, and sharing of knowledge, bringing significant potential benefits to the public, the practitioners, and the experts and academics in heritage science and conservation.
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford / Historic Environment Scotland / Consarc Design Group
Scott’s current research applies a range of non-destructive testing methods on historical stone masonry to develop 4D moisture monitoring techniques. More broadly, he is interested in considering built heritage as complex chemical systems to understand their physical transformation in response to environmental change, in order to inform policy development and conservation practice.
Spectral and 3D imaging techniques are used as non-destructive and portable tools to record the condition, inform the care, and increase the understanding of objects. This research will investigate an integrated approach to spectral and 3D imaging for improved monitoring of cultural heritage objects. The research aims to acquire integrated image data, increase the reproducibility and comparability, and visualise the integrated data for interpretation, hence enhance monitoring.