Mobile Heritage Lab takes part in Hampton Court 500 celebrations

Science behind Henry VIII’s tapestries

MHL at Hampton Court Palace 500This year Historic Royal Palaces celebrates the Hampton Court Palace 500 year anniversary. As part of this programme, the Science Team at the Conservation and Collections Care Department organised an “Ask the Conservator event” on Heritage Science, held on Friday 18 September 2015. The SEAHA Mobile Lab went to Hampton Court Palace to take part on this event to promote the fascinating outcomes of the collaborative research between the ISH and HRP on the environmental protection of Hampton’s Court magnificent Tudor tapestries. The Mobile Lab was used to display experiments on analysis of fibers, FTIR, microscopy and the use of UV light for the study of artifacts, as well as the monitoring of environmental risks to the tapestries. The Mobile Heritage Lab is a unique offering provided by the Centre For Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), it is a joint venture between University College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, and is funded by EPSRC. For more information on the Mobile Heritage Lab, please visit:

SEAHA Conference 2015 – “The Future of Heritage Science” – Round Table Discussion

Following a successful first International Conference, SEAHA is delighted to present the recording of the Round Table Discussion entitled “The Future of Heritage Science”. Featured panellists include:

Professor May Cassar (University College of London), Professor Heather Viles (University of Oxford), Prof. David Arnold (University of Brighton), Kate Frame (Historic Royal Palaces), Robin Higgons (QI3), Scott A. Orr (SEAHA student representative) and Moderator: Professor Matija Strlic (University College of London).

Churches Conservation Trust wins International Award

Congratulations to SEAHA Partner, The Churches Conservation Trust , who have won an international award at the recent European Heritage Awards Ceremony held in Oslo, Norway. The Conservation Trust were one of the winners of an EU 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, in the category for Dedicated Service.  For more details about the award, please visit the Europa Nostra website.  For more information about the Churches Conservation Trust and their win, please visit their website:



Doctoral course on Sciences and Materials of the Cultural Heritage from Pollution to Climate Change , 5-7 October 2015

The Council of Europe and the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage are holding their final meeting on a series of courses exploring pollution and climate change with reference to the major materials of cultural heritage.

The 2015 Course aims to provide high level training for scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, Cultural Heritage managers focused on impact of Pollution and Climate Change on Cultural Heritage.

The Course is addressed to young advanced students and professionals: scientists, architects, engineers, conservators, urban planners.

The lecturers belong to European Universities, National Research Centres and International Organisations. The entire Course will be held in English. There is no fee for participation.

For full details and to register click here:

SEAHA and Petrie Museum Collaborate for On Light Event

YoL ImageSEAHA are very pleased to announce their partnership with the Petrie Museum for On Light! As well as being able to join our heritage scientists in our Mobile Heritage Laboratory to learn how hyperspectral imaging and UV light radiation can aid in material identification and art historical investigations, visitors will also be able uncover hidden secrets of one of UCL’s prized mummy portraits at our stall in the Petrie Museum. Here, visitors will discover the potential of reflectance transformation imaging and learn about the material composition of the portrait.

On the day visitors can also take part in a record breaking attempt to create the world’s largest cyanotype print, visit the Institute of Making to learn about light manipulating materials, and venture into ‘The Cabinet’ – showcasing some of the weird and wonderful objects from UCL Museums and Collections.

For more information on all the UCL and Wellcome Collection activities please visit

On Light is free admission, and will run from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, May 2nd 2015, with Wellcome Collection activities running throughout the weekend. The event will be located in Malet Place, UCL Bloomsbury Campus.


JosepsizedThe UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is delighted to announce the appointment of Josep Grau Bove as Lecturer in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).

Josep studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Tarragona and History of Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, before joining the former Centre for Sustainable Heritage in 2011 to study for a PhD in monitoring and computational modelling of particulate matter in indoor heritage environments. His current research interests are in the use of modelling and use of data in heritage science, including crowd-sourced data.  Josep will join the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage working principally on the SEAHA project on 1st April 2015.

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