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Monitoring of Kucuk Mustafa Pasa Hammam in Istanbul

We carried out in/outdoor and in-wall temperature and humidity monitoring at the Kucuk Mustafa Pasa Hammam in Istanbul, as a continuation of Parnassus. This work was funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), in order to test the effectiveness of the remediation work aiming to lower the moisture levels within the building envelope, as part of the restoration work that the building is undergoing. More...

Published: Mar 21, 2017 3:59:25 PM

UCL Here East Facilities

UCL is almost ready to launch the new testing and laboratory facilities at Here East, which will soon be the new address for ground-breaking cross-disciplinary research in architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environment, among others.  More...

Published: Mar 21, 2017 3:30:16 PM

Indoor Mould Testing: Blickling Hall

As an extension of the ongoing Indoor Mould Growth Testing and Benchmarking project, facilitated by the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) in collaboration with UCL IEDE, Polygon UK and Mycometer, Dr Yasemin D Aktas carried out extensive mould testing in the early 17th century Blickling Hall using a novel testing protocol. It is one of the most outstanding Jacobean architecture in UK, which is currently under the custody of the National Trust. The test results obtained from 8 indoors with or without visible mould (including the famous Long gallery) demonstrate overall very high indoor air quality, but mould problems localised at certain surfaces. The results will be published soon. More...

Published: Mar 21, 2017 3:12:37 PM

Resilient York Conference Presentation

Prof Dina D'Ayala spoke at the Resilient York Conference on Friday 4th November 2016. The event focused on sharing ideas for a more resilient city, with specific emphasis on the city of York. The event was organised by York Civic Trust, York Conservation Alumni Association and the Department of Archaeology at York University and brought together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss risk of flooding, or more generally global warming, on historic building envelopes. More...

Published: Mar 20, 2017 5:03:41 PM

International Parnassus Workshop

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

PARNASSUS | Ensuring Integrity, Preserving Significance

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, with specific emphasis on flooding and wind driven rain.


PARNASSUS is implemented under 'The Science and Heritage Programme', and 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:


Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering 


Civil Engineering


Geographical Sciences


School of Humanities

Project Publications:

  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 monitoringHeritage 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 floodingBuilding and Environment, 104208-220
  4. Stephenson, V. J.(2016). Vulnerability of historic buildings to environmental actions: an empirical methodology (Doctoral dissertation), UCL (University College London)
  5. Aktas, Y. D., D'Ayala, D., Erkal, A., & Stephenson, V. (2015). Environmental performance assessment using monitoring and DVS testingICE Engineering History and Heritage, 168(1), 3-16
  6. 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 ScotlandICE Engineering History and Heritage168(1), 17-30
  7. Stephenson, V., & D'Ayala, D. (2014). A new approach to flood vulnerability assessment for historic buildings in EnglandNatural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14, 1035-1048
  8. 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 46 (4), 449-458
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Zhou, J. (2013) Experimental Study On Water Ingress/Egress Properties And Freeze-Thaw Degradation Of Hartham Park Bath Stone Under Vertical Pre-Compression (MSc dissertation), University of Bristol
  13. Erkal, A., D’Ayala, D. & Sequeira, L. (2012) Assessment of wind-driven rain impact, related surface erosion and surface strength reduction of historic building materialsBuilding and Environment, 57, 336–348
  14. 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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