The Hoard Conservation Team at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated towards the fundraising of the Keyence 3D digital microscope. The purchase of this essential piece of kit was funded through the generosity of several trusts & foundations who have supported the conservation programme and from public donations given by visitors at BMAG.
The Keyence 3D digital microscope will not only help the Conservation Team with their work in Birmingham and Stoke but it will also benefit the Curators, and Researchers who may wish to view the surfaces in more detail.
There is a short video blog showing the equipment in use but for those that are interested here are some of the features:
I have attached some images we were able to capture of a one of the tiny foils using the Keyence 3D digital microscope. The first shows the whole foil at x 50, stitched together. The next two show the detail at x50 and x200. The detail is fantastic.
The images and videos produced will also allow us to share our findings with the public via the website and the displays in the galleries. So once again – a huge thank you to everyone!
Deborah Cane, Hoard Conservation Project Manager
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery