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International Parnassus Workshop was held on the 17th of May in London. The current state-of-the-art regarding the effects of climate change and environmental factors on historical structures were discussed from a European and a UK perspective. For detailed programme, abstracts and presentations, go to the workshop page. More...

Published: Mar 7, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Barker Tower 1st Interim Report

The first interim report regarding the Barker Tower is now ready. More...

Published: Feb 26, 2013 11:15:10 AM

The 5th Parnassus Project Progress Meeting

The 5th Parnassus Project Progress Meeting was held on 29th of November, 2012 in UCL. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2013 11:57:39 AM

Flooding in York

Flooding in York (October, 2012) More...

Published: Dec 12, 2012 4:47:24 PM

European Course

European Course on Global Change and Risk to Cultural Heritage (8.5.2012) More...

Published: Dec 10, 2012 12:27:17 PM


Protecting cultural heritage from flood and driven rain

PARNASSUS is an interdisciplinary research project investigating the adverse environmental effects and adaptation measures needed for the protection of cultural heritage from climate change impact. The project is organised in Work Packages.


PARNASSUS is implemented under 'The Science and Heritage Programme' , funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). The Academic Project Partners involved in the project are:


University College London, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


University of Bristol, Civil Engineering


University of Bristol, Geographical Sciences


University of Southampton, School of Humanities


  1. Aktas, Y.D., D'Ayala, D., Blades, N. & Calnan, C. (2017) An assessment of moisture induced damage in Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England, via environmental monitoring, Heritage Science, doi: 10.1186/s40494-017-0119-4
  2. Stephenson, V., Aktas, Y.D. & D'Ayala, D. (2016) Assessment of flood and wind driven rain impact on mechanical properties of historic brick masonry, International RILEM Conference on Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering MSSCE 2016, Lyngby, Denmark
  3. D'Ayala, D. & Aktas, Y.D. (2016) Moisture dynamics in the masonry fabric of historic buildings subjected to wind-driven rain and flooding. Building and Environment, 104, 208-220.
  4. Aktas, Y. D., D'Ayala, D., Erkal, A., & Stephenson, V. (2015). Environmental performance assessment using monitoring and DVS testing. ICE Engineering History and Heritage, 168(1), 3-16.
  5. Parkin, S. J., Adderley, W. P., Kennedy, C. J., Aktas, Y. D., D'Ayala, D. & Erkal, A. (2015). Climate threats to the earth-built heritage of Scotland. ICE Engineering History and Heritage168(1), 17-30.
  6. Stephenson, V., & D'Ayala, D. (2014). A new approach to flood vulnerability assessment for historic buildings in England. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14, 1035-1048.
  7. Erkal, A., D’Ayala, D. & Stephenson, V. 2013. Evaluation of Environmental Impact on Historic Stone Masonry through On-site Monitoring Appraisal. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/qjegh2012-060.
  8. D'Ayala, D, Copeland, P., Aktas, Y.D., Earl, G., Erkal, A, Miles, J., Richley, E., Stephenson, V. & Strutt, K. 2013. The Parnassus Project: Archaeology and Engineering Collaboration for 3D Data Collection and Analysis. Proceedings of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference 2013, 25-28 March 2013, Perth, WA
  9. Erkal, A. & D’Ayala, D. (2014) Laboratory Testing of Non-standard Original Historic Building Materials and Related Implications for Conservation. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology48, 15-28.
  10. Smith, A.; Bates, P.; Freer, J. & Wetterhall, F. (2013) Investigating the Application of Climate Models in Flood Projection across the U.K., Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9815.
  11. Erkal, A; D’Ayala, D. & Sequeira, L. "Assessment of wind-driven rain impact, related surface erosion and surface strength reduction of historic building materials", Building and Environment57, 336–348.
  12. D’Ayala, D. & Erkal, A. "The Role of Environmental Monitoring in Conservation of Cultural Heritage",  WCCE-ECCE-TCCE Joint Conference 2 on “Seismic Protection of Cultural Heritage. 

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