The Icon Book and Paper Group Co-operative Training Register is delighted to present this half-day workshop introducing the technique of XRF spectroscopy, generously hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum, and kindly facilitated by the use of West Dean College's spectrometer.
XRF Spectroscopy has, until recently, rarely been used in the context of book and paper conservation. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to use a portable XRF spectrometer and to explore the many applications of this non-destructive analytical technique, such as the identification of:
Metal ions in paper, such as copper or iron contamination, or alum sizing
Metal alloys found in bosses, clasps (and/or corrosion products)
Metal alloys used for tooling
Chrome or other metallic tannages in leather
The workshop will begin by introducing the basic principles of XRF spectroscopy and look at some case studies of its applications in book and paper conservation. Participants will then have the opportunity to use a portable XRF spectrometer for themselves. Participants are encouraged to bring their own items for analysis. No prior understanding of analysis or atomic structure is expected.