Fake investigation: the science of authentication

Art and antiquities forensic technologies proving what's fake and real

Increasingly advances in technology and scientific approaches are being utilised to verify the authenticity of valuable artworks and antiquities.

Detecting forgery by incorporating various scientific methods is proving to be an invaluable weapon protecting the art world, archeology and our culture from being exploited by individuals, as well as organised and international crime.


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


27 May 2022

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 05/27/2022 14:00 05/27/2022 15:30 Fake investigation: the science of authentication The British Museum holds artwork covering more than 4,000 years. Testing for what’s real from what’s fake through the structure and composition of materials used to resolve questions on authenticity and preserves it’s assets and legacies. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


London Local Network

Registration Information

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.  

If you wish to attend this lecture please book a place on the IET website.

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place. 

The cost for a two course meal with wine is £17.89 +VAT

It is ESSENTIAL to pre book lunch and pay for it on this website.  

Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).  

Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).  

No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.  


  1. You don’t need to be a member to log into the system.
  2. You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).
  3. You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.
  4. The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.


Dr Paul Craddock

Dr Paul Craddock

Author and former Director of Department of Scientific Research, British Museum. - Retired


Reasons to attend

If you are a professional or you have a natural curiousity and interest in Engineering and Technology, Chemical and Material Engineering, Scientific Investigation of Art, Archeology, and Cultural Objects.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

Further information about environmental sustainability and IET Events can be obtained by contacting rebecca.booth@theiet.org.


11:30/11:40 Arrival for optional lunch  

It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre.  

12:00 to 13:45 – Optional lunch.  

13:45 - Arrival for lecture  

It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture.  (Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing in procedure).  

14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – the lecture starts promptly at 14:00  

14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion  

15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre. 

Free for members. 

Non-members can purchase tea/coffee at the Faraday counter. 

(Note before entering the Faraday Centre you must sign in at the reception desk.)  

Please sign out when leaving the Faraday Centre.




Free of charge

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