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 […]

By Panos Andrikopoulos, UCL Museums have been around for a long time: John Tzetzes writes that the “Musaeum” or “Mouseion at Alexandria” which housed the famous library, was founded by Ptolemy I Soter during the Hellenistic period, around 280 BC. The Latin word “museum” originates from the Ancient Greek word “Μουσεῖον” (mouseion), which signifies an […]

The National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) blog posts for the month of May have continued to be a “Spotlight on SEAHA” in preparation for the upcoming 2nd International SEAHA Conference in June 2016. Lucie Fusade (University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment) described her research in “Mitigating dampness in historic buildings: when ancient techniques and science come […]

By Sarah Hunt This years’ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Heritage and Historic Environments conference, hosted by Birmingham Museums, took place on 3-4 March 2016. With 25 talks, a plethora of topics were covered including research on indoor pollutants, dust, display case design and artefact damage; topics the average museum-goer wouldn’t give a second thought. […]

May’s blog posts for the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) are a “Spotlight on SEAHA” in preparation for the upcoming 2nd International SEAHA Conference in June. The posts will highlight SEAHA student research with the first post from Anna Pokorska (Postgraduate Research Student, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, UCL) “Spotlight on Plastics”. Keep an eye on the NHSF […]

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 […]

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; […]