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Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture
Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture
Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture
Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture
Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture

Preserving world-famous heritage and art

  • Laser cleaning has helped preserve world-famous artefacts from Ancient Greece to modern sculpture

Loughborough research has helped make laser cleaning a standard technique for conservators worldwide and has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of World Heritage sites such as the Acropolis at Athens and important works of art including pieces by Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein.

From 1993 into the early 2000s, our laser optics researchers investigated the use of lasers to clean and preserve highly valued artefacts.

Using a variety of spectroscopic and surface analysis techniques, they demonstrated lasers’ ability to clean a wide range of materials including stonework, bone and parchment, without damaging an object’s surface, unlike traditional methods.

Laser cleaning has been widely adopted throughout the global heritage industry.

Impact

  • Preservation 

    Preservation and restoration of world heritage and art

  • Systems development 

    Development of the UK’s first commercially available laser cleaning system for conservation (Lynton Lasers Phoenix Classic is sold worldwide)

  • Public engagement 

    Public engaged in science of conservation through live restoration of artefacts

  • Health and environment 

    Improved conditions for conservationists’ health and the environment

  • Disruptive technology adopted 

    Laser cleaning has extended the range of tools available to the conservator AND globally informs professional training and practice.