History of Art


Material Studies Laboratory

The Material Studies Laboratory is a research and teaching facility housed within the Department of History of Art, UCL. It consists of two laboratory spaces, one dedicated to teaching and handling of materials and artefacts, with the second focusing on the instrumental analysis of heritage materials.

The laboratory is used by UCL academic staff, research fellows, and research students, in addition to undergraduate students studying on the History of Art, Materials and Technology route. Visiting researchers and external collaborations are also welcome. The facility is equipped with instruments for materials characterisation, with a particular focus on mechanical analysis of cultural heritage materials. The laboratory also has portable equipment that can be used for scientific investigations onsite within museum and heritage collections.

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MSc Conservation of Contemporary Art and Media

From 2023, we will be running this new and innovative MSc in Conservation of Contemporary Art and Media designed to train the next generation of contemporary art and media conservators.



Material Studies Research

Material studies

Materials Library

Material studies

Equipment and Software

Material studies

Funding Bodies and Research Collaborators

Funding Bodies & Research Collaborators