SEAHA Students launch the Heritage Science Research Network (HSRN)

SEAHA is delighted to announce the launch of the Heritage Science Research Network (HSRN), a SEAHA student led initiative which aims to connect heritage scientists and researchers in pursuing the conservation, interpretation and management of our heritage.

The Heritage Science Research Network aims to:

Provide a platform for gathering and engaging heritage science and related researchers, professionals and practitioners for the discussion of innovative research being conducted in the cross-disciplinary field.

Connect and stimulate the dialogue between practitioners and academics involved in heritage science and in cultural heritage broadly.

Share new knowledge in best practice addressing the scientific and engineering research needs of the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors.

SEAHA Director, Professor May Cassar observed, “The prosperity of heritage science lies in the hands of the next generation of heritage scientists. HSRN, conceived by the first cohort of SEAHA students, will succeed because of their energy and enthusiasm for heritage science which is evidenced by the creation of this network.”

To access the HSRN please visit:


SEAHA Residential 2015

SEAHA Students Group Pic_resized

On the 13th and 14th October 2015, SEAHA welcomed a group of 30 students, project supervisors and colleagues to Brighton for the Annual SEAHA Residential. Over the course of the two days in Brighton, students received a detailed overview of the SEAHA Programme, met with project supervisors to discuss their projects and visited the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum. In addition, students were up early on the 14th to partake in a SEAHA photo shoot with the Mobile Heritage Lab (MHL). Professor David Arnold, SEAHA Co Director (Brighton) said: “It was a delight to host the residential and to meet the new SEAHA intake. I hope they were as inspired by the conversations and the heritage that Brighton has to offer as we were by talking to them and seeing their enthusiasm for their proposed research.”

On the 15th October it was back to London for the annual meeting of the SEAHA Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature. The new students impressed the Advisory Board with presentations on their research projects, in addition to a display and discussion of Research Posters by the first cohort of SEAHA students, now in Year 2.

To see pictures from the Residential and of the Mobile Heritage Lab, please visit the SEAHA Twitter page, @seahaCDT.

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.

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