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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Cerys Jones presents poster at SIAM Conference on Imaging Science

SEAHA Student Cerys Jones presented a poster at the Society of Industry and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) conference on imaging science in Bologna from 5th – 8th June. Cerys presented her poster on image registration of multispectral images of heritage artefacts, including manuscripts from UCL Special Collections and London Metropolitan Archives. The research involved comparing two […]

Rosie Brigham's Institute for Sustainable Heritage master's research which asked the public to contribute to heritage science by submitting pictures via social media. The research was published in Angewandte Chemie journal.

Let visitors do the science – Rosie Brigham’s research on citizen science data in Angewandte Chemie

SEAHA MRes student Rosie Brigham alongside her supervisors has demonstrated that heritage site visitors can use their smartphones to obtain good measurements of colour. The research, which measures the uncertainty of crowd-sourced measurements, has been published in Angewandte Chemie. Through this research, the quality of crowd-sourced measurements taken by visitors to historic sites has been quantified […]

Scott Orr publishes paper on wind-driven rain in Science of the Total Environment

SEAHA student Scott Allan Orr has published the paper ‘Wind-driven rain and future risk to built heritage in the United Kingdom: novel metrics for characterising rain spells‘ in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Wind-driven rain is a prominent environmental risk to built heritage, but while predicted climate changes are well established, it is uncertain how […]

Angewandte Chemie issue & editorial on Heritage Science

Prestigious chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie has published a special virtual issue on heritage science, featuring numerous contributions from both SEAHA staff and students. SEAHA deputy directory Prof Matija Strlic opens the issue with an editorial on the definition and future of the cross-disciplinary field, showing not only its deep routes in chemistry but also other physical and […]

Dr Kalliopi Fouseki nominated for teaching awards

SEAHA supervisor & UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage lecturer Dr Kalliopi Fouseki has been nominated for two UCL Union Student Choice awards. Nominated directly  by students, the student choice awards offer students the oportunity to thank and celebrate staff they appreciate at UCL. Kalliopi was nominated for the Diverse and Inclusive Education Award which recognises staff […]

Research on using NIR spectroscopy on Tudor tapestries published in Heritage Science

UCL ISH student Nanette Kissi and SEAHA supervisor Dr Katherine Curran have published research in the journal Heritage Science studying whether Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy can be used to understand chemical changes in historic wool fibres from Tudor tapestries. The research was done in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, a SEAHA partner. The tapestries at […]

SEAHA ‘Student Engagers’ at UCL Museums

Four SEAHA students are joining the team of ‘Student Engagers’ at UCL Museums. Student Engagers are postgraduate research students at UCL who aim to broaden public engagement with research by sharing their knowledge and making connections between their own research and the collections at UCL. Alexandra Bridarolli, Mark Kearney, Anna Pokorska and Cerys Jones will […]

Hayley Simon publishes research on Sychrotron techniques in Angewandte Chemie

SEAHA student Hayley Simon alongside her supervisors and researchers from SEAHA partner Diamond Light Source have published research on synchrotron techniques to study iron cannonballs from the Mary Rose in Angewandte Chemie. The work combines multiple X-ray based methods to probe the inner workings of iron artefacts following 35 years of conservation treatments. The study focuses […]

SEAHA & ISH research on deterioration of silver gelatine photographs published in Heritage Science Journal

UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage (ISH) student Jacqueline Moon and SEAHA supervisor Dr Katherine Curran have published research exploring the connection between yellowing in silver gelatine photographs and image silver migration in the journal Heritage Science.  Silver gelatine photographs were the most important type of photographs from the 1880s to the 1960s and are present […]


In keeping with the vision of the 4th International Conference, SEAHA will explore the development in the heritage science field and to encourage communication and collaboration in this field. During the conference, SEAHA will work together with ICOM-CC on the organization of the roundtable for emerging professionals on 6th June. We are really pleased to […]

Natalie Brown’s research on Chinese paper characterisation published in Heritage Science Journal

SEAHA PhD student Natalie Brown’s research investigating the chemical and physical properties of 19th and 20th C Chinese paper has been published in Heritage Science. Her work specialises in analytical methods that can be used to characterise this paper, specifically in view of its stability and potential conservation issues. Natalie also explored non-destructive methods of […]

SEAHA Conference Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 4th SEAHA Conference is now open! All the information are available here. 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. SEAHA is excited to announce its partnership with ICOM-CC Scientific […]

SEAHA Student to Present Research in Parliament

SEAHA student Cerys Jones has been selected to present her research at the STEM for Britain poster competition on Monday 12th March. Held at the House of Commons, STEM for Britain aims to showcase and support the work of Britain’s early-career researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Cerys will be presenting on a recent […]

SEAHA Conference in collaboration with ICOM-CC

SEAHA is excited to announce its partnership with ICOM-CC Scientific Research Working Group in the organizing a roundtable for emerging professionals on 6 June 2018 in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) that will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London (4-6 June). For further […]


There is a new and exciting addition to the SEAHA facilities available for our students: the new Institute for Sustainable Heritage lab in Here East which will operate in addition to the Heritage Science Lab in Bloomsbury. Located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the new facility has three spaces for experimental work including imaging […]

SEAHA featured in Historic England Research Magazine

We are pleased to have been featured in the latest edition of Historic England Research, ‘Discovery, innovation, and science in the Historic Environment.’ The issue spans diverse topics and also features the new Historic England Research Agenda that they hope will encourage more collaboration with academic researchers. Historic England are an invaluable SEAHA partner and […]

2018 SEAHA Conference Call for Papers-Deadline extended

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Student Natalie Brown surveys the collection at the Istituzione Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna

Throughout September SEAHA student Natalie Brown has been conducting an innovative collection survey at Istituzione Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna, Italy. The project is a collaboration with Floriana Coppola, a SEAHA-aligned PhD student from the University of Bologna, who has recently spent six months working at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, UCL. The survey aims to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

SEAHA-aligned student Daniel Garside publishes research into museum lighting practice

In his work, Danny Garside reports on a series of interviews with museum professionals who are involved in lighting specification within their institutions. This was conducted to increase understanding of what factors are considered, and which metrics are used. Specific focus was given to exploring which lighting industry parameters (lux, CIE-Ra, CCT) are commonly used, […]

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 […]

Scott Allan Orr’s research on moisture meters featured and published in Int. Stone Congress

The 13th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone was hosted by the University of the West of Scotland from the 6th to the 10th of September 2016. 215 delegates from over 35 countries coalesced in Paisley, Scotland to share their research, experience, and insight. The International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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