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.

More information

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 […]

Student Laura Arcidiacono co-authors paper in Angewandte Chemie

SEAHA student Laura Arcidiacono has co-authored a paper ‘Egyptian grave-goods of Kha and Merit studied by neutron and gamma techniques‘ in journal Angewandte Chemie. The intact burial assemblage of Kha and Merit was discovered in 1906 in Egypt when the Italian Archaeological Mission (MAI) located the underground tomb; its entrance was hidden by a landslide […]

The hunt for Oxford’s retired Emperor Heads is on! SEAHA on BBC News

SEAHA Student Scott Orr, based at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, has been featured on BBC news in the hunt to find Oxford’s retired Emperor heads. The heads once stood in front of the Sheldonian lecture theatre, which is currently on its third set of heads with many ‘retired’ heads […]

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 […]

Gavin Leong, ‘A day in the life of SEAHA students’ guest blogs for NHSF

SEAHA MRes student Gavin Leong recently guest blogged for the National Heritage Science Forum as part of British Science week 2018, #BSE18. Every year SEAHA students visit Hellens Manor, a beautiful historic house in Herefordshire, which contains a wealth of period furnishings, artefacts, paintings and decorations. In this blog Gavin reflects on this year’s visit, […]

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