Natalie Brown

Collection Surveys as Part of Library Document Supply Chain

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage / Lichtblau e.K. /  Bodleian Library / Library of Congress

The project aims to better understand material change within large library collections and assess how non-destructive surveying tools (NIR) could be most straightforwardly applied, in the context of document delivery to understand the ‘health’ of the library’s collection.

Carolien Coon

Photo-degradation of polymer-based rapid-prototype materials and their conservation through nanotechnology-based treatments

UCL Institute for Sustainable HeritageCentre for Colloid and Surface Science, University of Florence / Plowden and Smith Ltd / National Museum of Denmark / UCL Eastman Dental Institute

3D prints are entering museum collections as artists explore new creative possibilities. Similarly, museums realise the potential of Rapid Prototype (RP) technology for public engagement and conservation. Some polymeric RP materials have shown to be unstable, presenting an un-researched conservation challenge. The degradation mechanisms of RP polymers are investigated and the effectiveness of novel nanomaterials for plastics conservation assessed. In addition, a method (microfading) to rapidly identify photosensitive RP objects is being developed.

Lucie Fusade

Pointing mortars for controlling driving-rain ingress in damp towers

University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment / Historic England / Building Conservation Research Team / The Churches Conservation Trust

Looking at traditional materials, such as lime mortar, this research aims to design a repair pointing mortar which can mitigate driving-rain ingress to historic buildings. The research focuses on characterising the physical and chemical roles of additives, such as wood ash and crushed stones, in order to enhance the properties of lime mortars.

Yun Liu

Online Collections Modelling Tool

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage  / Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute / The National Archives / Lichtblau e.K.

This research project will develop an online platform to model and examine heritage management scenarios. This will offer an opportunity for interaction, creation, communication, and sharing of knowledge, bringing significant potential benefits to the public, the practitioners, and the experts and academics in heritage science and conservation.

Scott Allan Orr

Wet walls: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for stone masonry

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford / Historic Environment Scotland / Consarc Design Group

Scott’s current research applies a range of non-destructive testing methods on historical stone masonry to develop 4D moisture monitoring techniques. More broadly, he is interested in considering built heritage as complex chemical systems to understand their physical transformation in response to environmental change, in order to inform policy development and conservation practice.

E. Keats Webb

Integrating Spectral and 3D Imaging for Monitoring Cultural Heritage Objects

University of Brighton / Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute / Analytik Ltd.

Spectral and 3D imaging techniques are used as non-destructive and portable tools to record the condition, inform the care, and increase the understanding of objects. This research will investigate an integrated approach to spectral and 3D imaging for improved monitoring of cultural heritage objects. The research aims to acquire integrated image data, increase the reproducibility and comparability, and visualise the integrated data for interpretation, hence enhance monitoring.


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