Colored textiles are examined using different methods in the Cultural Heritage Laboratory.
Colored textiles are examined using different methods in the Cultural Heritage Laboratory. Foto: (CC BY)

About Dyes in History and Archaeology

The conference will be held 11–13 October 2022 as a hybrid event arranged by the Swedish National Heritage Board on site in Visby, with workshops and guided tours for the participants as well as lectures both on site and digitally.

Dyes in History and Archaeology (DHA) is an annual conference with participants from all over the world that focuses on the discussion of historical colourants. This will be DHA’s 41st conference and is now being arranged for the first time in Scandinavia. The topics include the history, production and application of dyes and organic pigments, as well as their analytical characterization and identification.

The organisation of this years conference:

  • Scientific Committee
  • Workshops Committee
  • Organising Committee

See members and countries below.

DHA41 is organised with a financial grant from the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for International Scientific Cooperation and with support from the Swedish National Heritage Board.

More information about how to register

Past conferences

Every year, the DHA conference attracts conservators, curators, (technical) art historians, craftspeople, artists, independent scholars, scientists and academics from museums, universities, research centres and other public or private institutions. See a list of past meetings here.

The first conference was held in 1982. The 40th annual meeting was hosted by the British Museum, London, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was organised as an online event. Details of the DHA40 programme can be found here.

Organisation of DHA41 2022

Scientific committee

  • Marei Hacke – Heritage scientist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Sara Norrehed – Heritage scientist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Joanne Dyer – Colour scientist, British Museum, UK
  • Jo Kirby – Senior scientific officer (retired), National Gallery, UK
  • Ilaria Degano, Associate professor in analytical chemistry, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Zvi Koren – Director of the Edelstein Center for the Analysis of Ancient Artifacts, Shenkar, Israel
  • Art Proaño Gaibor – Specialist of conservation and restauration, RCE, Netherlands
  • Edith Sandström – Early career member, PhD student University of Edinburgh, UK

Workshops committee

  • Elyse Canosa – Heritage scientist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Kathrin Hinrichs Degerblad – Heritage scientist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Gunilla Lagnesjö – Conservator / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden

Organising committee

  • Ilse Vuijsters Hammarström – Archaeologist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Marei Hacke – Heritage scientist / Advisor, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Patricia Bojanowski – Administrator, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Maria Rossipal – Administrator, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Eddie Ahlgren – Digital producer, Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden
  • Kontaktperson
  • Dyes in History and Archaeology