Heritage Science is 

…a field of endeavour that bridges the divide between the humanities and the sciences. It broadens people’s understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage whatever their age, and is one of those rare hybrid subjects that engages people with these disciplines. By using and developing science to understand, manage and communicate the human story expressed through landscape, buildings and artefacts, heritage science encourages the humanities and sciences to collaborate and strengthen each other.  –The UK’s National Heritage Science Strategy

Heritage science connects the humanities and the physical sciences in an interdisciplinary field that thrives on collaboration. In a time of rapid global change, the field addresses the needs of the arts, heritage, and archaeological sectors through conservation, interpretation, management, and digitization of our heritage.

Yun Lui working on research in the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH) lab.

Yun prepares samples for analysis at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH) lab.

The Heritage Science Research Network aims to:

  • Provide a platform for gathering and engaging heritage science and related researchers, professionals and practitioners for the discussion of innovative research being conducted in the cross-disciplinary field.
  • Connect and stimulate the dialogue between practitioners and academics involved in heritage science and in cultural heritage broadly.
  • Share new knowledge in best practice addressing the scientific and engineering research needs of the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors.

The HSRN is a Science & Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) student initiative.   SEAHA is an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) funded centre for doctoral training (CDT) created through a collaboration between University College of London, University of Brighton and University of Oxford.  The aims of the programme include training researchers internationally addressing the scientific and engineering research needs of the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors and engaging heritage, industry, academia and the public through the development of instruments and tools, encouraging novel ways of understanding material change and the innovative presentation and interpretation of heritage.  For more information about the SEAHA CDT visit http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/.

SEAHA MRes student, Nanette Kissi, working with the 3D microscope

Nannette works with samples using the 3D microscope at the UCL ISH lab

Organising Committee: Natalie Brown, SEAHA Doctoral Student Lucie Fusade, SEAHA Doctoral Student Yun Liu, SEAHA Doctoral Student Scott A. Orr, SEAHA Doctoral Student Bettina Sacher, SEAHA Doctoral Student E. Keats Webb, HSRN Chair, SEAHA Doctoral Student assisted by Katherine Curran, UCL, MRes SEAHA Assistant Course Director Josep Grau-Bove, UCL, MRes SEAHA Assistant Course Director Selina McCarthy, UCL, SEAHA Centre Manager Matija Strlic, UCL, MRes SEAHA Course Director

The views expressed on the HSRN website and blog are those of the authors and not of their institutions or SEAHA.

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