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A book by any other name would smell as sweet

Start: Jun 21, 2012 01:15 PM
End: Jun 21, 2012 02:00 PM

Location: BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, London

Dr Matija Strlic
UCL Lunchtime Lectures on Tour

Few people would fail to recognise the bittersweet and musty smell of a historic library, yet not many would know that this bouquet also tells us what heritage objects are made of.

To the heritage scientist, it is intensity of smells that often reveals how quickly objects decay, and the development of breathalysers for this purpose may help in their conservation.

In this lecture Dr Matija Strlic, UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage, will discuss how sniffing objects can thus reveal crucial information, and how smell is also part of an object’s history and part of how we enjoy our heritage.

UCL lunch hour lectures will be available to watch live online at