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Advanced imaging

The Imaging team offers a suite of Advanced Imaging techniques to support innovative and multidisciplinary research with our Special Collections.

Advanced Imaging supports researchers to interrogate the physical attributes of our collections, using non-invasive techniques. Innovation thrives on new questions, so come share your research questions with us, if we aren’t able to develop something in house, we can signpost you to colleagues within the University who can.

We define Advanced Imaging as any non-standard high-resolution photography. Examples include:

  • Photomacrography
  • Photogrammetry
  • Raking light (to reveal single surface textures)
  • Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) (to reveal entire surface textures)
  • Multispectral Imaging (MSI)

Applications for Advanced Imaging:

  • reveal undertext in palimpsests
  • recover faded texts
  • reveal underdrawings and paintings
  • ink and pigment analysis
  • reveal surface shape and textures

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