This program involves the acquisition and use of an analytical research microscope and image processing equipment to be used in the study and treatment of historic cultural works in the University’s collection. The primary investigator will be the architectural conservator in the Office of the Architect. While the primary focus will be to use this tool in the analysis of architectural paint and building materials, this equipment and investigator will periodically be available to other University organizations or departments, including the Fralin and Kluge-Ruhe Museums, the University Library, and those involved in University-related archaeology.
This program brings high quality optics, digital capture and image processing together to create extremely high resolution visual results at high magnifications, and in digital format. This allows immediate information exchange with other projects investigators, or with students in the classroom. As applied to the field of architectural conservation, this equipment creates an ability to identify and differentiate various building materials, and therefore allows one to better understand the changes that have occurred to a building over time, either in its evolution or simply in its maintenance.