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 ( have been reconstructing this symbol […]

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.

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 […]

2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA) Hosted by the School of Geography and the Environment University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom 20-21 June 2016 The 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology will be held at the University of Oxford School of Geography […]

Digital surrogate of Lamassu

By Vladimir Vilde Once a heritage site is lost, only textual descriptions, drawings and occasionally photographs remain. Nowadays, 3D models play an increasing role as a visualisation medium. They can provide an immersive experience that reflects the original appearance of a site [1]. Since these models are born and stored digitally, they can include metadata […]

By Scott Allan Orr In celebration of British Science Week (11–20 March 2016), we are highlighting some heritage science projects, news, and topics that may be of interest. Many people are interested in the interplay between moisture and historical buildings to understand the governing physical principles and inform conservation policy. This is especially pertinent in […]