This three-day workshop organised by the UvA's Conservation and Restoration department teaches recognition of fibres found in paper by using the microscope. This knowledge can be implemented in the proper description of a paper’s fibre furnish and may generate insight into the manufacture and the condition of the paper. The workshop is aimed at practicing conservators or conservation scientists.
The composition of the paper can help to date it, especially when other components such as fillers and sizing are recognised. In addition, the relation between the furnish and the purpose of the paper, the paper’s typology, will be discussed. To support findings, a methodical structure for component description will be implemented. The course also includes practical instructions into digital micrography as a (permanent) record of the analysis.