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Video archive

On this page you will find a selection of videos and video collections from the authors, editors and wider research community on research covered by Heritage Science. We will continuously update this page as more videos become available, and if any readers have videos related to published research in the journal they wish to feature, please get in touch.

The intoxicating effects of old books

In their recent fascinating article, Delbey et al. analysed the binding materials used in old books. What they found poses potential risks to the health librarians and conservators who work with old books: the pigments used contain arsenic. 

Now, the University of Southern Denmark has produced a video to accompany their paper and to enlighten us more about this.

Be sure to also check out the blog post by Kaare Lund Rasmussen and Jakob Povl Holck, in which they dig into why we are interested in old books. 

The Smell of Heritage: the Historic Book Odour wheel

Can we consider certain smells as cultural heritage? In this video, originally published in 2017, Heritage Science Editorial Board member Matija Strlič and Cecilia Bembibre enter the beautiful setting of the Wren library at St. Paul's Cathedral to talk to us about their research article published as part of the SEAHA CDT article collection. 

Pilbara rock art: a video flythrough of a 3D cave reconstruction

In an exciting paper from Anabelle Davis and colleagues, part of the Heritage Science in Australia article collection, the authors examine the advantages and disadvantages of laser scanning, photogrammetry and photographic reconstruction in recording, managing and interpreting rock art sites, using a case study located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The flythrough video was included as an additional file, and hosted on Figshare.

Featured Video: Reconstructing van Gogh’s Field with Irises near Arles

The colors of Field with Irises near Arles, painted by Van Gogh in Arles in 1888, have changed considerably. To get an idea of how this painting, as well as other works by Van Gogh, looked shortly after their production, the Revigo (Re-assessing Vincent van Gogh’s colors) research project was initiated. The aim of this project was to digitally visualize the original colors of paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh, using scientific methods backed by expert judgement where required.
Video abstract created by Research Square.

Featured Video: Using modern-day imaging to reveal secrets hidden within mummy cartonnage

Rich with clues into human history, Egyptian mummies have intrigued researchers for centuries. But it isn’t just the preserved bodies that contain valuable information: many mummies were covered with an outer casing called cartonnage, which included layers of recycled papyrus containing text from ancient writings. Although a rich source of information, accessing the textual content of these recycled materials without destroying the attendant mummies has been challenging.
Video abstract created by Research Square.

Unveiling the invisible: mathematical methods for restoring and interpreting illuminated manuscripts

In this fascinating paper, authors from CMAP, ENS Paris-Saclay, the Fitzwilliam Museum and University of Cambridge present and discuss a range of mathematical methods for digital image restoration and digital visualisation for illuminated manuscripts. 

As part of the paper, the authors include examples of visualised 3D version of artwork, looping through left and right views: Edvard Munch's The Scream and Simon Bening's Annunciation

The visualisations are included as additional files to the paper and hosted on Figshare

3D version of Annunciation by Simon Bening (Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 294b, Flanders, Bruges, 1522–1523), with an animation that loops between the left and right eye viewpoints.

3D version of Edvard Munch's The Scream with an animation that loops between the left and right eye viewpoints.

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