About the event
The colours in many illuminated manuscripts remain vivid and ravishing to this day. Sometimes, however, they degrade and even destroy the very pages they adorn. Until recently, it was impossible to know for certain what the colorants in question were. Scientific advances mean we can now identify them by non-invasive means.
This talk draws on research into corrosive pigments undertaken jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and Team Pigment of the universities of Durham and Northumbria. It explores colorants commonly used in illuminated manuscripts and how they can be identified; and investigates possible means to counteract the degradation caused by destructive pigments.
Richard Gameson is Professor of the History of the Book at Durham University.
Nicole Gilroy is Head of Book Conservation at the Bodleian Libraries.
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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The Weston Library is wheelchair-accessible.