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.