Illuminating the Medieval and the Modern through Cultural Heritage Imaging: A Brief History of Innovation and Collaboration at RIT


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Many objects of interest in cultural heritage have been damaged, erased, or overwritten to the point where the original text is unreadable. Some contemporary materials, such as fax paper, have likewise degraded so that they appear as if printed with “invisible” ink. Fortunately, modern imaging tools can help to illuminate—literally and figuratively—these artifacts, enabling scholars to unveil information and more fully understand and interpret these objects. This exhibition examines RIT’s interdisciplinary, collaborative work in cultural heritage imaging, preservation, and research. By identifying scholarship, application, and use cases undertaken by faculty, researchers, and students over the past thirty years, the exhibit draws attention to methods of cultural heritage object analysis and, in particular, highlights a low-cost, low barrier-to-entry multispectral imaging system created by the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the Museum Studies Program. 

In person Keynote by Dr. William Noel, Princeton University - Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT.

Dr. William (Will) Noel will offer a look back at the Archimedes Palimpsest project before addressing how innovative practices involving new technologies and working in collaboration across disciplines can foster new knowledge about cultural heritage collections. The exhibition will be open prior to the talk and will include a reception.

Dr. Will Noel is John T. Maltsberger III '55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Princeton University. The talk is one of a suite of events sponsored from October 17-20 at RIT. For more information, please contact Dr. Juilee Decker,

The exhibition is coordinated by the Museum Studies Program in the College of Liberal Art and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT. Exhibit sponsors include the International Center of Medieval Art.



a view of a person's two hands positioning a paper manuscript on a platten.