Seeing Through Walls: Imaging Concealed Wall Paintings Using Terahertz Radiation

Saturday 14th October 2017 2:00PM – 2:00PM

Over the course of history, many cultures have painted images of importance to them on the walls of their buildings.

However, these paintings have often been subsequently plastered or painted over when their subjects have fallen from favour, losing an important part of our history and cultural heritage in the process. In this talk, Dr John Bowen will explain how terahertz imaging can be used to peel away the layers of history, allowing us to see through the surface of walls to reveal artwork that has lain hidden for centuries. 

Dr John Bowen has over 30 years’ experience of working in the terahertz field. He is Associate Professor in Medical Technology and Programme Director for Biomedical Engineering in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading. His current research interests include biomedical applications of terahertz technology and the application of terahertz imaging and spectroscopy to cultural heritage and archaeology. 

Venue: Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, EX10 8NG


This lecture has been sponsored by The Ogden Trust.