The Leman Album project has been receiving some important international guests in the form of the conservation science team of MOLAB — the Mobile Laboratory for in situ non-invasive measurements. The Leman Album project team made a successful application to the Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure on Cultural Heritage, and the first of several visits is taking place now.
It was exciting for me to be invited into the Conservation Science Lab, and to discover the amazing MOLAB team using new techniques employing the microwell — an instrument that I know to be ubiquitous in any biotech lab. I have always found this little clear plastic item fascinating as it embodies the high degree of standardisation demanded by and produced through contemporary scientific technologies. The 96 well microwell is designed to take any and all kinds of micro-samples and will fit into a wide range of analytical instruments — even Raman scattering devices, which is a new one on me!