An Exclusive Online Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

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Exclusively for Members

With Tea Ghigo, Heritage Scientist in the Ashmolean's Conservation Department.

What elements did the watercolour paints used by John Ruskin contain - arsenic, copper, lead?

The mid-19th century saw a real change in how paints were produced, as a result of the Industrial Revolution.

Ruskin produced his large teaching collection at the cusp of this change, and a project to discover just what his materials were made up of is being undertaken by Tea Ghigo, Heritage Scientist in the Ashmolean's Conservation Department.

Join Tea in this talk to uncover more about the exciting discoveries in paint being made.

This is the second talk of our new Illuminating Insights series of monthly talks. The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom and a recording of the event will be shared with ticketholders on request following the event.

Introducing the Illuminating Insights series

The new Illuminating Insights series of monthly talks, conceived by our Member Events volunteer team, will offer supporters an intimate look behind the scenes of the Museum's collections. Each talk will be led by one of our curators or Museum experts exploring some of the more unusual, little-known Ashmolean treasures, and including a look at current research projects and conservation work. At the end of each talk there will be a Q&A for attendees to exchange views with our experts.


This past event has now taken place.

If you have any questions before the event, please email us at membership@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

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