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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2018 SEAHA Conference Call for Papers

After Oxford and Brighton, SEAHA International Conference comes back to London! It will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, 4-6 June 2018. The SEAHA Conference series is interested in joining high-quality interdisciplinary scientific research in cultural heritage with open dialogue among international academics, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy-makers. The 4th SEAHA International […]

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SEAHA at UCL Postgrad Open Day 6th December

Interested in finding out more about SEAHA, UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage, and our funding opportunities? We will be at the UCL postgraduate open day from 2-7pm on 6th December. Current SEAHA students and academics will be on hand to answer your questions and to tell you more about what it’s like studying for your […]

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World Science Day: SEAHA on BBC Radio Oxford

To mark World Science Day – 10th November 2017 – SEAHA student Hayley Simon appeared on BBC Radio Oxford’s breakfast show live from project partner Diamond Light Source; the UK’s national Synchrotron facility. During her interview with the BBC’s Paul Jenner, Hayley discussed the on-going collaboration between Diamond and the Mary Rose Trust, rusty cannonballs […]

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SEAHA & UCL ISH student success in the October Board of Examiners

SEAHA & UCL ISH are delighted to announce that a high number of SEAHA MRes students were awarded distinctions by the Board of Examiners that met in October. The SEAHA MRes programme received outstanding feedback from the External Examiners.  The External Examiner commented that “the teaching team should be commended for the work put into […]

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SEAHA welcomes its fourth cohort of students

This academic year we are pleased to be welcoming our fourth cohort of students to the SEAHA CDT. Seven new students are joining us at the Institute of Sustainable Heritage at UCL to study the MRes in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology before they start their PhDs across UCL, Brighton and Oxford. […]

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Success at ICOM-CC Conference 2017

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage made an impact at the recent International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) Triennial Conference in Copenhagen, which ran from the 4-8th September 2017. ICOM-CC has over 2600 members from all over the world, covering every aspect of the museum and conservation profession.  The ICOM-CC Triennial Conference is […]

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SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab visits the British Science Festival 2017

The SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab (MHL) was in Brighton on the 9th September, as part of the British Science Festival. The British Science Festival is an annual event hosted by the British Science Association (BSA). The aim of Europe’s longest standing science festival is to engage members of the public with the work of scientists, […]

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Mobile Heritage Lab visits the National Museum Wales

This blog post was originally published as ‘A Mobile Laboratory Visits the Museum’, by Dr Christian Baars, Senior Preventive Conservator at the National Museum Wales There are times in life when a problem and its solution come together seamlessly. The problem – one which every museum faces: cryptic causes of deterioration of stored objects. The […]

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SEAHA student Mark Kearney features on the Conservator’s Podcast

SEAHA student Mark Kearney was recently interviewed by The C word – The Conservators Podcast in episode 9 of their show. This episode is devoted to the use of small Raspberry Pi computers in museums. Mark spoke about his use of a Raspberry Pi in undertaking a time-lapse photo project during his ICON/HLF internship at […]

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SEAHA’s Mobile Heritage Lab in The Vyne and National Trust

The Mobile Heritage Lab has pitched up at the Vyne as the roof of the National Trust property receives substantial conservation work. The Vyne is a historic country house near Basingstoke in Hampshire; a handsome mixture of 16th century Tudor brickwork and later classical additions. After the winter storms of 2013 uncovered some major leaks […]

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2017 SEAHA Conference Breakout Sessions

Now is the time to sign up for breakout sessions! The 2017 SEAHA Conference programme includes two one-hour sessions on 20 June designed to provide hands on experience, an inside look, a demo or discussion opportunity to conference attendees. ICCROM will lead a panel discussion “Designing for Research Impact” looking at what makes research impactful […]

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Third year SEAHA students visit Pisa

In March 2017, third year students travelled to the SEAHA partner, CNR-ISTI (Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione), Pisa, Italy as part of this year’s cohort activities, organized by the University of Brighton. The Visual Computing Laboratory at ISTI are leaders in the field of applying visual technologies (computer graphics, vision, image processing, 3D scanning […]

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2017 SEAHA Conference: Panel Discussion on “Design for Research Impact”

ICCROM will be leading a panel discussion on “Design for Research Impact” as part of the 3rd International SEAHA Conference. The panel will bring together research stakeholders drawn from heritage science and beyond to address the question what makes research impactful and what does it take to achieve it? Panelists will focus on current realities in research […]

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Registration is open for the 3rd SEAHA Conference

Registration is open for the 3rd SEAHA Conference at the University of Brighton on 19-20 June 2017. This conference follows two successful preceding events at the University College London (2015) and University of Oxford (2016). Each year over 150 delegates were brought together from 20 countries to engage with and discuss emerging trends in the […]

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SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab at the British Science Festival in Brighton

Brighton and Sussex Universities will be co-hosting the British Science Festival from 5th-9th September 2017. The SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab (MHL) will be in Brighton on the final day to enable the public to learn about heritage science and ongoing PhD research. The British Science Festival brings together scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists to […]

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ICOM-CC Conference 2017: a success for SEAHA students!

SEAHA students will be presenting papers and posters at the ICOM-CC Conference in September 2017 in Copenhagen and achieved unprecedented success with six accepted abstracts. The conference of the International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) is a prestigious event with usually up to 800 delegates from all over the world [1]. This is […]

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SEAHA Student Panos Andrikopoulos makes 40 under 40 list

SEAHA students Panos Andrikopoulos is named as one of the 40 under 40 most promising lighting designers in the Lighting Design Awards. The 20 men and 20 women – selected from over 250 applications – hail from 16 different countries, including Iceland, Turkey, Australia, India, China, Brazil, the US, Mexico and Sweden. The 40 professionals […]

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SEAHA Smell of Heritage Research in the Media

Research showing how heritage smells could be identified, analysed and documented, and thus preserved, was published in a paper in the journal Heritage Science, by Cecilia Bembibre, SEAHA PhD student, and Matija Strlic, Professor of Heritage Science at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage. The research revolves around a particular heritage smell which most of us […]

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SEAHA Trip to Isle of Portland 2017

The second year SEAHA students were found to be enjoying the lovely weather and splendid views on the Isle of Portland last week (27 March – 2 April 2017). Not just a holiday but a good opportunity to put our skills to use “in situ” on three of the island’s treasures; Portland Museum, Portland Castle, […]

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The Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops

We are proud to announce The Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops; an event organised by SEAHA students and supported by SEAHA and the Society of Light and Lighting. The event shall take place at UCL, on the 11th and 12th of September 2017, and “aims to explore all recent research and applications in the field […]

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SEAHA Student Panos Andrikopoulos Gives a Keynote Talk

SEAHA student Panos Andrikopoulos was keynote speaker at the 1st Greek Lighting Design Symposium, 2 Feb 2017. LED technology has created many opportunities and challenges for museum lighting. Projects like the Lighting of the Sistine Chapel and the Mona Lisa, realised as collaborations between lighting scientists and professionals have opened new grounds for the museum […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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