Aligned students are postgraduate students from UCL, the University of Brighton, or University of Oxford who are not SEAHA CDT students but whose research is complimentary and relevant to SEAHA or who are undertaking the MRes SEAHA programme. They are welcome to attend select SEAHA events and more broadly be part of the SEAHA research community. All aligned students are aligned for the duration of their studies.
If you are a UCL, Brighton, or Oxford student and interested in becoming an aligned student please email email@example.com with a brief explanation of your research and how this aligns with research at SEAHA.
Degradation of contemporary papers, recycled or not
Universita di Bologna / UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
Several parameters affect the degradation of paper, although since its invention and introduction, papermaking radically changed. There has been a significant increase in the use of recycled fibres as raw materials in print paper, increasingly so over the past few decades. It is generally known that the quality of paper made from recycled fibres is lower than that of the unrecycled material. The research is focused on the degradation of contemporary paper (recycled and not) in order to develop a dose-response function for these kinds of paper. In addition, this research takes place in parallel with a material and environmental survey of a historical library with the aim of evaluating the conservation state of the collections and advising on appropriate environmental conditions for long-term storage, considering several environmental and use scenarios, in order to support collection management with evidence.
The influence of animal glue on mechanical properties of painting canvases
Glues derived from animal products have been used in the preparation and conservation of painting canvas for hundreds of years. However, it is not clear how exactly these adhesives contribute to the mechanical strength of a canvas and how they change with time. This comparative study looks at the effect of age, thickness, and type of animal glue on the mechanical reinforcement the glues provide to canvas.
University of Oxford
The field of virtual archaeology is evolving quickly. Recent developments in software, hardware, and application programming interfaces have increased the rate at which virtual archaeological media is circulated and altered how it is used. The modelling of artefacts and heritage sites now prominently figures in the production of both immersive spaces for collaborative research and conceptual showcases for historical reconstructions. Given the rate at which these methods are being adopted and implemented, there is a real concern that the rapidly increasing accessibility of new visualising technologies is outpacing efforts to critically analyse this increasingly prolific output of virtual-cultural objects. This research frames such developments and their enactment as components of dynamic processes of cultural knowledge production, where socio-spatial engagements with digital media are assembled across multiple sites and articulated as truth bearing 3D virtual models. Adopting a conceptual framework centred around notions of assemblage and situated knowledges, this research will address the coordinated socio-spatial relations inherent to these productions as well as the agency particular to individual engagements between practitioners and processes of modelling at discrete “sites”. In specificity, this research asks how and where the emergent agency of these models are co-constituted by the situated knowledges of the individuals and groups assembled in their production.
Increasing the understanding of organic pesticide residues in indigenous and world cultures objects in museum collections
In the past, many museum objects were treated with some or a variety of harmful chemicals to protect them from pest damage. Nowadays, years after application, some of these residues may be a significant hazard to people working with these collections. But how much of a health risk is it to work with or handle these objects? This interdisciplinary project involves heritage science and analytical chemistry to improve the understanding of volatile organic pesticide residues in museum artefacts from the British Museum collection. The aim is to inform strategies and best practice for handling contaminated objects.
Digitally fabricated 3d artefacts: their properties and dynamics in cultural heritage narratives for different audience groups
Over the last few decades, 3d imaging, and digital fabrication have been introduced in the cultural heritage sector to serve processes such as the documentation, preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage. This project emphasises the communication aspect of cultural heritage management by investigating how the properties of digitally fabricated artefacts work within narrative contexts, how these physical representations are perceived by audiences and how museum professionals, educators and designers can manipulate them to effectively communicate cultural heritage information
Grottoes carved in sandstone are common in China. They have been exposed to the environment for over one thousand years since they were initially created. Deterioration of sandstone grottoes has been occurring through time, resulting in serious weathering phenomena such as flacking, blistering, and loss of materials. Yinghong’s project is aimed at investigating the factors that cause the deterioration and evaluating which conservation treatments could address the main problems of sandstone grottoes in Northwestern China.
Using lexicographic tools to extract evidence-based characterisations of trophic interactions in the biodiversity literature
University of Brighton, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Research into biodiversity dates back hundreds of years and takes multiple forms, making it difficult to analyse on a large scale. Making such analysis possible could aid our understanding of ecosystems and biodiversity trends for climate, habitat and species monitoring and modelling purposes. What if it were possible to adapt linguistic analysis tools used in lexicography to overcome these issues? This research, which is been undertaken in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, and with support from Lexical Computing Ltd, aims to adapt a well-known lexicography application, the Sketch Engine, and in particular its ‘Word Sketch’ tool, to identify and group references to species and the trophic relationships between them.