EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is an 8-year initiative (2014-2022) to establish an infrastructure to meet challenges set by the heritage sector, industry and government.

Heritage presents complex cross-disciplinary scientific and engineering research questions, ideal for talented graduate students to address. Working with heritage and industry partners, SEAHA students create, innovate or use sensors, instrumentation, imaging, digital and creative technologies to improve our understanding of heritage, to develop science and engineering capabilities and to benefit the economy.

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SEAHA on Channel 5

SEAHA student Cecilia Bembibre’s research was featured in the first episode of Channel 5 new series Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, aired on the 7th February 2017. In a dialogue with the host, Cecilia explored the heritage significance of the well-known musty, sweet smell of decaying books. In collaboration with Knole, one […]

In Memoriam: Professor David Arnold (1951-2016)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor David Arnold on the 25th October 2016. David was one of the pioneers of SEAHA and was, up until earlier this year, the SEAHA Co-Director for University of Brighton. A memoriam by University of Brighton is available here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/news/2016/11-10-professor-david-arnold-1951-2016.aspx. With the agreement of […]

Tate Modern to host New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) event

New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network through which 15 early stage researchers are investigating a fascinating and varied set of as yet under-explored aspects of contemporary art conservation. The topics addressed by the researchers range from looking at strategies for the conservation of computer-based artworks […]

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SEAHA Student awarded bursary by Sapienza University of Rome

SEAHA PhD student Danae Phaedra Pocobelli has been awarded by Sapienza University of Rome with the Concorso per corsi di perfezionamento all’estero (Competition for specialisation courses in foreign countries) prize. The award aims to support young and skilful Sapienza graduates to continue their studies either with specialisation courses and in the research field. Danae is […]

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Hend Mahgoub’s research on Islamic Paper Published in Heritage Science

In contrast to scientific research focussing on European paper, there is a significant gap in our knowledge of Islamic papermaking. Hend, 3rd-year SEAHA student at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, recently reviewed the evidence of specific papermaking practices associated with paper used in the Islamic cultural realm. For the first time, material properties of Islamic […]

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SEAHA and the Royal Society of Chemistry engage with schools

The event, run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, showcased the use of scientific methods by SEAHA researchers, to understand our heritage and prolong its lifespan. The topics highlighted how this science links to fundamental topics covered during A-Levels as well as the many different career paths opened up by studying science at 3rd […]

Tate Britain to host Cleaning Modern Oil Paints event

Cleaning Modern Oil Paints (CMOP – a joint programming initiative in Cultural Heritage), in collaboration with the Modern Oils Research Consortium (MORC), invites you to join them at Tate Britain, London on Friday 11 November 2016, 10 – 12am. This gathering offers participants an opportunity to contribute case studies, discuss a cleaning problem that has […]

SEAHA Residential 2016

SEAHA Residential 2016

Thirty-six SEAHA students, supervisors and staff attended the annual SEAHA Residential at the Malmaison Hotel in Oxford on October 3rd and 4th, 2016.  This event marks the start of the academic year for SEAHA and gathers together everyone involved in SEAHA across UCL, the University of Brighton and the University of Oxford.  On the first […]

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SEAHA Microfadeometry Training Day

In collaboration with UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the Heritage Science Group of the UK Institute for Conservation, SEAHA students Carolien Coon and Betty Sacher in collaboration with their external supervisor Dr Jacob Thomas of the University of Gothenburg, organised a training day in microfadeometry on the 9th of September. The ten participants got […]

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SEAHA student receives Canadian doctoral scholarship award

SEAHA is proud to announce that Scott Allan Orr is in recipient of a 2016/2017 award from the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF). He is one of fifteen Canadian students to be selected this year. The committee evaluates applicants for their academic standards, but also assess their ability to communicate their research and passion to […]

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Inaugural SEAHA Special Seminar – a great success!

The SEAHA Special Seminar in Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging took place on 30th June 2016 at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. https://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/ Over 70 delegates met together for a varied selection of excellent presentations described by one as “one of the best conferences I have been to in the last 5 years. For me personally […]

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SEAHA partner the Mary Rose Museum celebrates reopening

SEAHA partner the Mary Rose Museum has celebrated it’s reopening following a £5.4 million revamp. The Mary Rose Museum, located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has two SEAHA doctoral Studentships and opened in 2013. The Tudor warship will now be visible through floor to ceiling windows and a balcony.  Speaking on the day of the reopening […]

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Cecilia Bembibre wins best poster award at CHEMCH 2016

Cecilia’s poster on volatile organic compounds in museums, presenting research on the significance of smell as part of the heritage experience, was awarded the first prize at the 4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (CHEMCH) conference in Brussels last week. The poster was selected among 52 entries and was presented by Cecilia Bembibre, 2nd-year […]

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SEAHA Student Carolien Coon interviewed by BBC Science Radio

Carolien Coon, a SEAHA Phd student had first-hand experience of the benefits of disseminating research through the right channels and how this can lead to further opportunity to reach a wider audience and possible further future collaborations. A short article she wrote on research conducted at UCL ISH as part of the Nanorestart project for […]

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SEAHA – Engaging with Industry

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) is proud to have partnered with many industrial, heritage and research organisations before and since its inception in 2014. Collaborations are varied and include research collaborations, public engagement events, providing access to facilities and funding SEAHA Studentships. SEAHA prides […]

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2nd International SEAHA Conference 2016 – a great success!

The 2nd International SEAHA conference took place on 20-21 June at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. The Annual Conference is a student-led initiative of the EPSRC-funded SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training, which is a partnership of UCL, Brighton and Oxford universities. The conference was organised by a committee of SEAHA […]

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The Mobile Heritage Lab goes to Cheltenham Science Festival

The SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab has been invited to participate in this year’s edition of the Cheltenham Science Festival, one of the largest science festivals in the world. Nine PhD researchers will travel to the festival to explain Heritage Science and their PhD research during a 4 day event, from the 9th to the 12th […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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SEAHA presents the Heritage Science Podcast

Today* marks the launch of the brand new Heritage Science Podcast, a series of monthly 45-minute episodes about all aspects of heritage science, organised and produced by students of SEAHA. Every month, we’ll be talking to heritage practitioners, academics and students, to better understand the subject that straddles the boundary between science and the arts. […]

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SEAHA student Carolien Coon interviewed for Scientific American

Carolien Coon, 2nd-year SEAHA student at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage talks about her research in the April 2016 issue of Scientific American, on degradation of plastics in collections. Carolien’s research focuses specifically on photostability of rapid prototypes, some of which are known to discolour in a matter of months. These materials are difficult to study as […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“Creating Future Masters in Heritage Science”

SEAHA has been described as “ground-breaking” by the Science and Engineering South (SES) Consortium in their recent newsletter. SES is a  consortium of six research intensive universities, including the University of Oxford and UCL. To read the full article, please visit the SES website.    

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SEAHA STUDENT HEND MAHGOUB TO PRESENT AT ICON CONFERENCE 2016

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 […]

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 Carbonyls” held in Birmingham. Topics include information on new trends in pollution monitoring, understanding the levels of risk to collections, cross disciplinary projects, the […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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SEAHA students visit the Wren Library in St.Paul’s

Last week, our first-year students visited the Wren Library in the monumental St.Paul’s Cathedral in London. The visit was part of Module 2 of the MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, and we were warmly welcomed by the Librarian Joseph Wisdom, and the Collections Care Manager Simon Carter. We are very grateful […]

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Dates announced for the 2nd International SEAHA Conference 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA) will be hosted by the University of Oxford on June 20–21, 2016. www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/seaha-conference-2016/ An international conference on heritage science, emerging techniques, innovative research and best practice for the conservation, interpretation and management of cultural heritage. […]

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 […]

SEAHA Residential 2015

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 […]

Mobile Heritage Lab takes part in Hampton Court 500 celebrations

Science behind Henry VIII’s tapestries This 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 […]

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 […]

SEAHA Partners with University of Rome Tor Vergata

SEAHA are delighted to announce a new partnership with University of Rome Tor Vergata. With a strong grounding in cultural heritage research, Tor Vergata offers many programmes at Degree and PhD level. For more information please check out their profile on the SEAHA Research Partners Page or visit their website direct: http://web.uniroma2.it/

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 […]

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 […]

SEAHA and Petrie Museum Collaborate for On Light Event

SEAHA 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 […]

SEAHA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration for the 1st International SEAHA Conference taking place on the 14th & 15th July 2015, is now open. Please visit the Conference web page for further details.  Or to book your place now, click here.    

On Light Event, 2015

SEAHA are pleased to announce their participation in On Light, a two-day UCL festival celebrating the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, in partnership with Wellcome Trust. Join our heritage scientists to learn how infrared, ultraviolet, and thermal imaging can assist in the understanding of an object’s material composition, art historical investigations as well […]

SEAHA Student 3D Scanning at the Freud Museum

During the week of 23-27 March, our very own Keats Webb will be 3D scanning select collection objects in the Study of the Freud Museum, and presenting 26 March.  The presentation will look at the infrared and 3D imaging techniques that are being used to document the Freud Museum objects and some of the current imaging results. […]

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The Freud Museum joins SEAHA

SEAHA and the Freud Museum are delighted to announce that the Museum is joining the family of SEAHA partner institutions. The Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud’s study, preserved just as it was during […]

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SEAHA, ITN Digital Cultural Heritage and the Heritage Consortium Jointly Organise the 1st SEAHA Conference

SEAHA is delighted to announce that the EU FP7 Marie-Curie Action Project: Initial Training Network on Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH)  as well as the Heritage Consortium decided to jointly organise the 1st SEAHA conference. This brings together three exceptional training initiatives and covers the entire remit of heritage research: scholarly, digital, material and environmental. We are looking […]

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1st International SEAHA Conference: Thank you!

Thank you to all attendees, presenters and exhibitors at the 1st International Conference “Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology”, 14 & 15 July 2015 at UCL, London. We hope you enjoyed the diverse programme of talks and posters and that you caught up with colleagues and made new ones. This was the first SEAHA […]

SEAHA Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Science and Heritage to undertake teaching, research and related activities within the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, in particular to support the delivery of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) a collaboration between UCL, the University […]

SEAHA Studentships for 2015 – coming soon!

We will soon be advertising a full range of projects for SEAHA scholarships to start in September 2015.  Please watch this space for further details of the heritage science opportunities on offer. Projects will be fully funded by EPSRC for 4 years for UK residents (see the EPSRC website for eligibility requirements: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/).

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SEAHA Sandpit

Nearly 50 scientists and heritage professionals from the Natural History Museum, English Heritage, UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton attended a very successful SEAHA ‘sandpit’ today. Hosted by the Natural History Museum, the aim of the sandpit was to generate research project ideas for future SEAHA scholarships. Further information regarding SEAHA projects to […]

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