Seminar—It’s a kind of magic: early results from Analytical Imaging in Bodleian Libraries

Continuing our open seminar series, the Bodleian’s Head of Conservation Research, David Howell, will talk about using imaging technologies to “unlock” hidden information in the Library’s collections through imaging technology.

David HowellWhat: It’s a kind of magic—early results from Analytical Imaging in Bodleian Libraries

Who: David Howell

When: 13.00—13.50, Tuesday 9 June 2015

Where: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (map)


The fields of digital imaging and spectroscopic analysis are increasingly converging into a developing specialization of Analytical Imaging. Historically photography was employed to give the best possible image of an object to be seen with the naked eye. This is still important, but at the same time developing technologies can reveal a great deal of information that the eye cannot see.

In this seminar, David will show examples of the use of Reflectance Tomography Imaging and hyperspectral imaging, explain how the techniques work, and how and when they can be applied.


David Howell is a graduate in both Chemistry and English Mediæval Studies and has spent most of his working life trying to improve access to information ‘locked’ within heritage objects using scientific methodologies.

This seminar is open to all. No booking is necessary. You can download a flyer for it.

Please meet inside the Parks Road entrance of the Weston Library (opposite the King’s Arms). If you are already in the Library, you can find the Centre for Digital Scholarship on the first floor of the Weston Library, through the Mackerras Reading Room and around the glass walkway.

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