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Smelling the past: a case study for identification, analysis and archival of historic pot-pourri as a heritage smell

Bembibre Jacobo, C; Barratt, S; Vera, L; Strlic, M; (2017) Smelling the past: a case study for identification, analysis and archival of historic pot-pourri as a heritage smell. In: Bridgland, J, (ed.) ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4-8 September 2017. (pp. p. 1601). Paris: International Council of Museums. Green open access

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Abstract

Our interaction with heritage objects and spaces is very often limited to a visual experience. However, our perception is multisensory, whether deliberate or not; olfactory stimuli can significantly affect our experience of the world, including cultural heritage. Little is known about the smells of the past, and the olfactory properties of heritage objects and places are not systematically preserved and protected. This work presents scientific analysis of a potpourri identified as historic, by sampling and identification of volatile organic compounds using thermal desorption – gas chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometric detection (TD-GC-TOF-MS). The odour of the potpourri was also characterised using GC with olfactometric detection and evaluated by a sensory panel. The chemical and sensory information was used to create a historic potpourri odour wheel, as a conservation tool for archival and public engagement purposes.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Smelling the past: a case study for identification, analysis and archival of historic pot-pourri as a heritage smell
Event: ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference 2017
Location: Copenhagen
Dates: 04 September 2017 - 08 September 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.icom-cc2017.org/papers.aspx
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Olfaction, GC-MS, GC-sniffing, VOCs, heritage, sensory, headspace, aroma wheel
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576549
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