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In a new blog post 'from the vaults' Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager, at St Andrews University's special collections discusses the restoration of two daguerreotypes in the collections using the new technique of electro-cleaning which was first described in 2016. Two daguerreotypes subjected to the technique: one showing a man with a scientific instrument, now identified as a ‘spark generator’; the second, was a group of four men (J D Forbes, Rev. William Brown, Hugh Lyon Playfair and Dr George Buist), by Antoine Claudet.

The before and after photographs show the effectiveness of  the technique. The work was undertaken by Dr Mike Robinson.  

You will be able to see the results  during the St Andrews Photography Festival as the theme for this year is Science & Photography. Check the festival website events line up for further details, specifically on the ‘Science Treasure from Special Collections’ visit on 22 October at Martyrs Kirk.

Read the full blog here:

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