Available studentships

SEAHA will support your career along three typical paths. We have started recruitment for our 2017/2018 studentships, please continue to check the website over the coming weeks for new opportunities. Information on how to apply can be found in the project adverts below. You may also wish to consider registering your interest by sending an email to the SEAHA Centre Manager.

Current opportunities available to start in 2017/18:

‘Thinking out of the box – modelling preventive conservation benefits of boxes’

In the context of heritage preservation, boxes are a very well established method of storage of archival material and serve a variety of purposes: as physical protection (e.g. during handling), as a buffer against adverse effects of the environment (e.g. T and RH fluctuations, absorption of pollutants), against pests and as protection against fire and water. Boxes represent a long-term investment and need to last several decades as re-boxing is resource intensive. Therefore, their cost-benefit needs to be modelled, which is the purpose of this cross-disciplinary project, likely to have an immediate impact on the field.

This research project will be supervised jointly by Professor Matija Strlic, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Caroline De Stefani, London Metropolitan Archives and Dirk Hendrickx, Conservation by Design Ltd (industrial sponsor).

Application deadline: Open until filled.

The following opportunities have now closed:

‘Development of a robust methodology for assessing moisture in solid brick walls’

‘Engineering and archaeological in construction and conservation work: Developing interdisciplinary technologies and methodologies’

‘Improving the evaluation of conservation treatments for deteriorating sandstone in built heritage’

‘Learning from nature: evaluating site-based conservation approaches to mitigating climatic risks to earthen heritage sites in N W China’

‘Micro-environmental control for the mitigation of mould growth in indoor heritage’

‘Near Infrared Hyperspectral imaging of historic building materials’

‘Novel Retrofit Technology Incorporating Robots for Lower Energy Healthy Buildings’

‘Novel neutron techniques for the non-destructive and non-invasive analysis of archaeological gold’

‘Strain modelling in historical tapestries’

‘The role of plasticiser loss in the degradation of plastic objects in heritage collections’

‘Total Performance of ‘Passivhaus’ Schools – Making Heritage Schools Fit for Purpose’

‘Visualisation of semantically linked data to support the interpretation of cultural heritage collections’


‘An optimised system for Multispectral Imaging of Documentary Material’

‘Building Information Models from monitoring and simulation data in heritage buildings’

Characterisation and implementation of new illuminations and their effect on the museum visitor’

‘Characterising marine archaeological iron degradation and the efficacy of treatments to date: worth a shot?’

‘Comparison of painting lining methods for historic house environments’

‘From Samples to Complex Objects: Detecting Material Degradation in Plastic Artworks’

‘Hyperspectral imaging for heritage: From books to bricks’ 

‘Mary Rose: Assessment of Environmental Risks during Display’

‘Nanoscale strategies for the consolidation of cellulose in cultural heritage’

‘Reigate Stone at the Tower of London: Developing preventive conservation strategies for problem stones’

‘Spectrally dependent light sensitivity of modern materials’


‘Collection surveys as part of library document supply chain’

‘Integrating Spectral and 3D imaging for monitoring cultural heritage objects’

‘Lighting policies for collections using microfadeometry’

‘Online Collections Modelling Tool’

‘Painting mortars for controlling driving-rain ingress in damp towers’

‘Photo-degradation of polymer-based rapid-prototype materials and their conservation through naontechnology-based treatments’

‘Quantitative chemical Hyperspectral NIR imaging of historical cellulosic materials’

‘Smells of Heritage’

‘Wet Walls: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for stone masonry’


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