Category Heritage Science

3rd International SEAHA Conference

Registration is open for the 3rd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA) at the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK on 19-20 June 2017. This conference follows two successful preceding events at the University College London (2015) and University of Oxford (2016). Each year over 150 delegates were brought together from 20 countries to engage with and discuss […]

Environmental control for collections in an international context: a Canadian case study

  *by Scott A Orr  Environmental control is an inconceivably important aspect in managing heritage collections for which many guidelines and specifications have been developed. These guidelines should be contextualised by international climate variability and consider the integral contribution of building envelopes in managing heritage environments. Temperature and relative humidity are two important factors in […]

The Role of Science in Building Conservation

By Craig Kennedy, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Following several years undertaking analysis of a variety of historic materials, in 2006 I entered the field of built heritage conservation as a scientist working with Historic Scotland. There, I was fortunate to share an office and lab space with the […]

Registration Open: 2nd International SEAHA Conference

Registration is now open for the 2nd international conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), hosted by the University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment on 20th and 21st June 2016. The conference aims to provide a platform for scientists, researchers, engineers, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers, to engage, discuss […]

The Heritage Science Podcast Episode 2: Modern Materials

How do museums deal with the challenges presented by modern materials? What objects of today could become the heritage of tomorrow? To find out the answers to this and more, listen now to Episode 2 of the Heritage Science Podcast. In this episode, guests Dr Susan Mossman, curator of science materials at the Science Museum; […]

SEAHA presents the Heritage Science Podcast

By Hayley Simon At first glance, cultural heritage may not seem like an obvious place to find cutting edge scientific research. But peel away the layers, delve beneath the visible, and fresh insights may be gained into the past, alongside new methods of preserving our shared human story. Welcome to the world of Heritage Science; […]

The UCL ISH group alongside Adam Munthe, the owner of Hellens.

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage Field Trip

By Martin Michette and Alexandra Bridarolli This year’s UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage field trip took place during National Science Week. As in previous years, it involved a week of investigation and discovery for the current cohort of MRes students at the historic house of Hellens. Located in the Herefordshire countryside, Hellens is rich in a […]

The UK Comprehensive Spending Review 2015: Opportunities for heritage science

By Scott Allan Orr Heritage science in the United Kingdom is carried out by a complex network of public institutions and the private sector. On the surface, the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015 could be seen as a reason for optimism considering the heritage science funding landscape. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stressed in […]

A Brief Theory of Heritage Science

By Matija Strlic Premise 1: In one way or another, we have been doing heritage science for ages. I will use this term to describe the science of heritage, i.e. how we manage, interpret, conserve heritage as well as provide access to it.[1] In his lecture at the Royal Institution in 1843, Michael Faraday lectured […]

Wabi sabi and the (self-imposed?) limits of heritage science

Wabi sabi and the (self-imposed?) limits of heritage science by Scott Allan Orr   Wabi sabi embodies the Zen nihilist cosmic view and seeks beauty in the imperfections found as all things, in a constant state of flux, evolve from nothing and devolve back to nothing. Within this perpetual movement nature leaves arbitrary tracks for […]