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Announcement: 1st International SEAHA Conference

We are delighted to announce details of the “Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology” Conference taking place on Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 July 2015 at UCL, London.

This is the first, International SEAHA conference on heritage science research, innovation and best practise in the interpretation, conservation and management of cultural heritage. Heritage science is a cross-disciplinary field connecting science and the humanities, therefore, the conference aims to provide a platform for scientists, engineers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and policy makers, to engage and discuss emerging trends in the field. There is an ongoing dialogue over global issues, which define the research and technological applications of heritage scientists.

For further details regarding the conference, please visit the Conference website.

SEAHA Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Science and Heritage to undertake teaching, research and related activities within the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, in particular to support the delivery of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) a collaboration between UCL, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton. The SEAHA Lecturer will take a lead in coordinating the CDT’s student cohort activities and in managing the UK’s first Mobile Heritage Science Laboratory and in building the Institute’s overall level of public engagement. For full details and to apply, click here: http://tiny.cc/2o54rx.

CLOSING DATE:  8th February 2015

Arius Technology donates 3D Scanner to SEAHA

Russel painting in Arius 3D scannerUCL’s successful EPSRC bid for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) has attracted keen industry and heritage support, especially among museums.

Arius Technology, the high-resolution scanner manufacturer, is donating a start-of-the-art 3D colour scanner to the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, hosted at UCL.

This next generation technology – with improved resolution and colour depth compared to previous scanners – will allow the Centre to build on UCL’s world-leading research in 3D scanning, led by Professor Stuart Robson, Head of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) and on the university’s outstanding capabilities in heritage museum technologies, developed by the  UCL Petrie Museum.

Speaking about the donation, Director of SEAHA, Professor May Cassar said:

“The generosity of Arius Technology demonstrates great confidence in our ground-breaking endeavour to train the next generation of heritage scientists.”

“This state of the art 3D colour scanner will make a major contribution to the development of the skills base of our students by marrying cultural heritage research with cutting edge technology.”

The full article is available from UCL News.

Image:The painting ‘beach scene’ by Walter Westley Russell, UCL Art Collection (Acc. No.5535) under the Arius3D colour laser scanner.

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Welcome to SEAHA!

SEAHA – the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology – is about learning, discovering, innovating and forging new knowledge in the stimulating field of heritage science. Heritage science is about understanding, interpreting, conserving and managing cultural heritage.

SEAHA is unique. It brings together experts from University College London, University of Oxford and the University of Brighton to study in three subject areas vital to heritage science: materials, environment and digital technologies. But we are not working in an academic vacuum. The nature and importance of cultural heritage is hotly debated and presents many challenges that engage many disciplines beyond science and engineering. For example, what is the nature of material alteration? Is it just surfaces that change? What is the perception of public to change? Is it positive (i.e. are we wowed by the patina of age?) Is it negative (i.e. is all we see rust and things falling apart?) and does it therefore detract from an object? What if our opinion of decay is different from that of everyone else? What if decay is beautiful and appreciated by the public, what do we do? Can we resist leaving well alone? Who is the final decision maker on whether change is acceptable?

To help us answer these questions, we are working in partnership with the most important heritage organisations on the planet and with the most advanced and forward thinking industries that find cultural heritage in all its beauty and complexity as intriguing and challenging as we do. So, if you want to join us in this venture, or just want to find out more, please browse our website and do get in touch if you would like to be part of SEAHA!

May Cassar, SEAHA Director

Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology