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13:15 - 13:55 21 June 2012

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the British Museum: A book by any other name would smell as sweet


BP Lecture Theatre | British Museum (link Map)
Great Russell Street | London | WC1B 3DG |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free (booking advised). Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Matija Strlic, UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage

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. This lecture 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.


Catherine Dean
+44 (0) 20 3108 3838 | c.dean@ucl.ac.uk


Click here to find out more about Lunch Hour Lectures On Tour
Click here to book a place for this lecture via the British Museum website
Click here to watch this lecture streamed live on line at 1.15pm on 21 June2012