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; […]

The ancient ruins of Palmyra in the sunset.

By Martin Michette This piece was written before Syrian government forces recently recaptured Palmyra. The full extent of damage to the historic site will be evaluated over the coming weeks and months, what remains clear is that the Triumphal Arch is all but destroyed. The Institute of Digital Archaeology (http://digitalarchaeology.org.uk/) have been reconstructing this symbol […]