The ‘SEAHA CDT collection’ in journal Heritage Science

Following multiple successful publications, we are pleased to announce that SEAHA now has its own collection within journal Heritage Science; ‘The SEAHA-CDT collection’.

The SEAHA CDT collection showcases research papers produced by students  studying at our Centre for Doctoral Training, Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology based at UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton.

I see the journal Heritage Science as the ideal venue for our research output: it is interdisciplinary, open to new ideas, and commited to the advancement of heritage science as a scientific discipline

Dr Josep Grau Bove, Guest Editor at Heritage Science

With a wide range of research areas, the collection displays not only the high quality research emerging from the centre but also the diversity of expertise being developed within SEAHA’s cohort. For example, the collection includes work by UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage PhD student Danae Pocobelli who examines using building information modelling (BIM) for heritage buildings. In her article Pocobelli reviews how BIM  has been used in the conservation of historic buildings to date and how aspects of BIM such as condition monitoring and weathering simulation can be used in future.

Another contribution from Hend Mahgoub explores techniques and materials used in Islamic papermaking. Using a variety of chemical analytical methods including surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy, Mahgoub concludes that while there is no single defining characteristic of Islamic paper, 88% contain starch or were polished and the majority were neutral to mildly acidic.

Islamic papers at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage used by SEAHA student Hend Mahgoub to study the material properties using non-destructive methods

Islamic papers at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage used by SEAHA student Hend Mahgoub to study the material properties using non-destructive methods

Other contributions to the collection are equally as diverse, on topics such as smells of heritage, imaging Egyptian mummies, and moisture induced damage in the stately home Blickling Hall in Norfolk.

The authors’ backgrounds aranging from pure maths to engineering, to chemistry and sculpture. For instance Carolien Coon, whose research explores the degradation of 3D printed museum objects, has a background in fine art and worked as a sculpture conservator before embarking upon her PhD.

Images of the rapid prototype (RP) artwork “Out of the Cauldron” designed by Tom Lomax produced with RP technologies. Carolien Coon explores the use of RP in heritage in her article as part of the heritage science collection.

Images of the rapid prototype (RP) artwork “Out of the Cauldron” designed by Tom Lomax produced with RP technologies, before (above) and after (below) degradation. Carolien Coon explores the use of RP in heritage in her article as part of the heritage science collection.

Papers for the SEAHA CDT collection are selected by Guest Editor Dr Josep Grau-Bove, who commented on the collection, “I see the journal Heritage Science as the ideal venue for our research output: it is interdisciplinary, open to new ideas, and committed to the advancement of heritage science as a scientific discipline. We hope to continue growing this collection as SEAHA progresses, with at least four new papers a year”. Papers produced by the CDT are invited to be submitted as part of this article collection in Heritage Science.

Explore the SEAHA collection further here.