Interested in how research projects and collaborations are established and executed? This blog post continues the adventures of SA Research Associate Professor Andrew Nelson, as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his new collaborative project with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Read Part 1 of the series here.
July 8th – Lisa Ellis, Sasha Suda (both of the AGO) and myself (Western University) visit the Natural History Museum in London, England to see their microCT scanning facility. They have a Nikon XT225 just like the one at SA: Western – perfect for this project, as the unit and the software here will be the same that I use at home, ensuring comparability of the scans. Lisa and Andrew, along with Andrew’s long time radiography colleague, Jerry Conlogue, met up at the NHM.
|Prof. Jerry Conlogue stands in front of a showcase of some of the projects produced by the IAC lab at the NHM.|
There we were met by Dan Sykes, Assistant Micro-CT Lab Manager and Micro-CT Specialist at the Imaging and Analysis Centre (IAC). This is an amazing operation – a lab full of humming computers with folks creating amazing images on their computer screens – everything from bee brains to meteorites to bones.
|The Imaging and Analysis Centre at the Natural History Museum, London.|
Andrew returned here later in July to scan two pieces from the Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House museum in Greenwich (see 3rd blog installment). One piece is a prayer bead, and the other is a small boxwood coffin that is carved in a similar manner as the beads. That should be fascinating… stay tuned.
July 9th – Lisa and Sasha head back to Canada. There’s nothing going on that’s relevant to the bead project – but Andrew did visit the Hunterian Museum. This is an amazing collection of anatomical specimens – both human and animal, as well as the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant. Fascinating stuff – lots here that could be microCT scanned! (Byrne’s skull has been scanned at the Natural History Museum).
Next time, Andrew visits the Nikon Metrology Centre-of-Excellence in Tring - where our microCT scanner was born - stay tuned to Part 3 of our blog series.