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You can find out more about British Science Week and take a look at all their other exciting activities on their website.

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If you and your adult would like to learn more about the heritage science research we do at The National Archives Collection Care Department and how we are smashing the stereotype of what a scientist is our blogs are a great place to start. Below are some of our blog highlights.

Smashing the Stereotype: How dyslexia helped guide me to my dream career

We are proud to take part in British Science Week’s Smashing Stereotypes campaign to smash the stereotype of who a scientist is. Read our blog to find out how dyslexia helped guide one of our conservators to her dream job.

Galling ink! How TNA preserves millions of documents written in iron gall ink

Find out about iron gall ink, how to ages and how we care of millions of documents written in this problematic ink!

Smoke and mirrors: Revealing the Gunpowder Plot through heritage science

Discover how we use scientific imaging to improve the readability of letters written in orange juice, and show why these ‘inks’ are visible under some lights, but not under others.

Maps and Materiality: charting a course to the past using artificial intelligence

Learn how science and artificial intelligence are helping us to change the way we think about maps and discover more about the materials and techniques used to create them.

The Makings of Manuscripts: More than what’s written on the page

Dive into the world of molecular material testing and find out how science can aid in the understanding of medieval manuscripts.

The pannotype mystery: Part 1 – historic photographic processes in Design Registers

Part 2 – identifying rare historic photographic processes

Find out how our conservators set out to preserve examples of rare, historic photographs after they were discovered in our Board of Trade Register collection.

Deep Discoveries: A new way of exploring and connecting digitised images collections

Technology is best shared when it brings people together. Learn more about how we are using artificial intelligence to connect digitised collections from institutions around the UK.