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SEAHA Special Seminar in Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging

SEAHA are delighted to announce a Special Seminar in Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging, taking place at Wolfson College in Oxford on Thursday 30th June 2016.

Why Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging?

Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging are making big news in heritage science with almost weekly ‘discoveries’ being reported in the Press. A relatively new technique developed in astrophysics and applied to military applications and environmental studies, it has even more recently been embraced by imaging scientists and heritage professionals. Progress and development in this area is so exciting and so rapid that we are taking this opportunity to invite anyone involved with or simply interested in these techniques to attend a one day seminar to find out more.

Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging are the focus of three doctoral studentships within SEAHA but the techniques will be used to some extent in a much larger number of projects. There are also several different imaging systems within the SEAHA partnership which enable research into the problems of standardisation, portability and comparison of data. This seminar not only showcases the preliminary work of the students, but also brings together some of the leading practitioners from across the globe. These experts will explain how the technology works and how it has been successfully applied in a number of specific case studies.

The event will include talks from a wide range of specialists in this field and will end with a panel discussion on working together in the future and what the next steps should be.

David Howell, Head of Heritage Science at the Bodleian Libraries, and conference organiser, said:

“This event realises a dream I had around a year ago where I imagined a group of people like me who are amazed and thrilled by the power of multispectral and hyperspectral imaging sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with a wide audience. Thanks to support from SEAHA and the Icon Science Group, this has enabled a stellar lineup in a great venue where people can relax over a proper lunch between amazing talks. I look forward to hearing what the next generation of heritage scientists are up to with a series of talks by SEAHA students and other professionals in the field.”

Heard of these techniques and want to know what it’s all about? Then you should attend!

Already using these techniques but want to know what others are doing? Then you should attend!

To book your place click on the following link:

For further detail regarding the event, please click here.

IMAGE: A demon revealed by hyperspectral imaging in MS. Arm. D.13 Folio 22r, an Armenian manuscript held by Bodleian Library’s Special Collections.



SEAHA student Panos Andrikopoulos chairs #MuseumHour

#MuseumHour is a Twitter chat happening every Monday, at 8pm BST focused on museum and heritage topics. SEAHA student Panos Andrikopoulos ( @Phil_Kimby ) and fellow student Danny Garside ( @da5nsy ), were invited to chair the #MuseumHour conversation on Museum Lighting. The discussion started from what consists “good museum lighting” and quickly evolved to address new lighting technologies, lighting policy decision and conservation versus access and included artists, curators, conservators and lighting designers. A summary of the discussion can be found on storify ( ).  Panos is a first year student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science Engineering Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) and Danny is a PhD research student within the 3D Impact group in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL.


SEAHA Student Cecilia Bembibre Sniffs out Historic Smells

Cecilia Bembibre, 2nd-year SEAHA student at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, has recently completed training in chemical and sensory analysis of odours with Odournet SL, industry partner in her Smell of Heritage project. Working in the company’s laboratory in Barcelona, Cecilia has analysed samples of historic value from National Trust’s property Knole House. The combination of analytical chemistry (Time-of-Flight Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry) and the human nose (via GC-sniffing) allowed for the most sophisticated characterization of odours, helping us understand the information historic smells carry and how it can impact our interpretation of the past.


SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab visits Brighton for EAC Symposium

The Mobile Heritage Lab participated in the European Archaeological Council (EAC) symposium in Brighton. 50 conference delegates visited the laboratory facilities during their visit to the site of the Long Man of Wilmington. In the lab, Josep Grau-Bové (MRes Assistant Course Director) and Lik Ren-Tai (Mobile Heritage Lab Driver and Lab Technician) explained the research carried out by SEAHA PhD students and displayed some of the props created by students to be used in public engagement activities. For more information regarding the Mobile Heritage Lab, please see the SEAHA website:


Successful SEAHA Year 1 Student Field Trip

Year 1 SEAHA students (MRes year) just returned from a field trip in Herefordshire. We carried out our research in a privately owned historic mansion with stunning history, amazing building fabric and unique collections.

Three research topics were developed with the extraordinarily helpful house managers: (i) effect of the recently installed central heating, (ii) multi- and hyperspectral imaging of paintings and (iii) preventive conservation of iron armoury. Having packed the entire mobile lab, we divided into three groups and collected mountains of data. Short presentations were given to the house management before we left back for London, and detailed reports will be written by each group in the coming months, providing useful evidence-based advice to the house curator.



On the 17th of June 2016, SEAHA doctoral student Hend Mahgoub will present her research  in a talk at the conference of the Institute of Conservation entitled “Turn and Face the Change: Conservation in the 21st Century” in Birmingham. Hend’s topic focuses on scientific characterization of materials properties of Islamic paper and she will present a new non-destructive spectroscopic technique for surveying of Islamic paper based on Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. This has shown the potential of developing evidence-based preservation policies tailored to Islamic libraries and archives. For more information in the event, please visit the conference website.

SEAHA Students to present their research at “Indoor air quality in heritage and historic environments” Conference

On the 3rd and 4th of March 2016, SEAHA doctoral students Sarah Hunt and Yun Liu will each present a research posters at a two day conference entitled: “Museum Pollution : Detection and Mitigation of Carbonylsheld in Birmingham. Topics include information on new trends in pollution monitoring, understanding the levels of risk to collections, cross disciplinary projects, the application of shared knowledge for mitigation, material emissions, building/demolition projects, putting research into practice and projects that have highlighted Heritage Science to the wider sector. Sarah will be presenting on Environmental monitoring at the Mary Rose Museum and Yun will be presenting on Modelling collections and their environment. For more information in the event, please visit the conference website.






EAC Student & Early Career Symposium on Digital Archaeology

Call for Papers: Abstract deadline 29 January 2016

16-17 March 2016, Brighton, United Kingdom.

The annual European Archaeological Council (EAC) Symposium focusing on Digital Archaeology will be held in March 2016 in Brighton, England. The aim of this year’s EAC symposium is to explore exciting developments in digital technologies and consider how they may become embedded in general archaeological policy and practice over the next few years. As ambassadors of the future, we want students and early career to provide their vision as input to the discussions about “Digital Archaeology” and the future of the field.

The Student & Early Career Symposium will last one and a half days (Wed16th March 10.00 – Thurs 17th March 12.30 GMT) and will feed into the main Symposium (Thurs 17th March 13.00 – Fri 18th March 17.30 GMT). The student and early career gathering will mirror the three general themes of the Symposium:

Measuring and Sensing. The aim of this session is to explore developments in how we perceive, identify and characterize archaeological landscapes, sites and artefacts. From hyperspectral satellite imagery through Structure from Motion photographic techniques to sub-millimetric laser scanning, our capacity to use vast processing power to visualize archaeology has developed dramatically over the last 20 years and led directly to wonderful new discoveries even on very well studied sites.

Data to Knowledge. Information technology is unlocking the way we create information from raw data. We can now mine vast datasets to find associations, perceive patterns or serve up rich Geographic Information systems for national heritage protection or sophisticated research, and we are learning how to organise, manage, and curate these priceless archives and how to represent our knowledge in open linked data sets that become accessible to other researchers to use. This session will explore new approaches being adopted by member states.

Visualising the Past. This session will review the ways in which we can and may in the future present archaeology and its interpretation to professionals and the wider public alike, ways which continue to develop at a breath-taking speed. 3D-printing, immersive technologies, Augmented Reality, and Haptics are just a few examples of the remarkable advances, which seem set to change the way people access, explore, and enjoy archaeological knowledge.

Please include the theme(s) you intend to address in your presentation. Given the fixed number of sessions, sessions are expected to involve presentations of 20 minutes long. Authors will be notified by the end of January and a preliminary programme will be circulated as soon as possible thereafter.

Please send abstracts to by 29th January 2016. For further details, please visit:

NHSF Alastair McCapra

National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) welcomes new Chair

On 16th December 50 people gathered at University College London for the National Heritage Science Forum’s second Members & Friends event. 

Attendees had the opportunity to visit the SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab, a unique research and public engagement vehicle that is a joint initiative of UCL, University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, before hearing the evening’s talks which started with Simon Cane, Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL, welcoming people to the event and speaking about the value of public engagement to heritage science and the role that heritage science plays in developing people’s understanding of culture and heritage. 

Nancy Bell, NHSF’s out-going Co-Chair reflected on the year’s achievements, highlighting the Kit-Catalogue that supports the sharing of equipment and strengthening of research partnerships between organisations She also pointed to current and future developments such as work to identify the gaps in research that remain five years on from the publication of the National Heritage Science Strategy.

The evening’s keynote speech was delivered by Alastair McCapra, NHSF’s newly appointed Chairman. Alastair spoke on the topic Cash for Data? He addressed the opportunities that may exist for generating income from heritage science but spoke convincingly of the benefits of open data, open access, open science. A lively question and answer session, chaired by Professor May Cassar, followed including questions about the fragmentation of the heritage science data set from Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland, the impact of forthcoming requirements for open access to data on museums, libraries and archives from Edward Impey of Royal Armouries and the skills development needs of the heritage science sector from Gary Grubb of AHRC. You can view the full speech on the NHSF website.

The National Heritage Science Forum’s role as an enabler of collaboration and a uniting force for heritage science was evident. Its future challenges include building capacity for heritage science, championing the development of a robust infrastructure to capitalise on the achievements of the last 10 years, and supporting a continuing move to openness that will enable wide public engagement with heritage science with associated benefits in terms of public understanding of, and responsibility for, cultural heritage. More details


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