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This year during the Cambridge Science Festival, why not draw up a chair and get close to an object from one of the University of Cambridge Museums? On 14 and 15 March, conservators from a whole range of collections will be hosting a drop-in session for all ages at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 2-4pm. To celebrate the International Year of Light we will be showing some of the many ways light plays a part in the stories behind our objects.
How can lasers help to preserve rare and fragile fossils? How did the Greeks and Romans light up the world after dark? How do watercolours work? Why are some pigments more light sensitive than others? How did Inuit and Polar explorers protect themselves from too much light, and did it work? What does light do to porcupine quills? How can conservators use light to identify pigments on Ancient Egyptian artefacts, and could you do it yourself? How do you model the light in a museum space?
You can ask these and many other questions of the conservators who work with the museum collections. Some stands will change on each day, so come twice to meet them all!
Conservation Conversations takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March from 2 – 4pm, on the first floor landing of the Founders Entrance of the Fitzwilliam Museum.