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 artifacts, with the second focusing on the instrumental analysis of heritage materials.
The laboratory is used by UCL academic staff, research fellows, research students, in addition to undergraduate students studying on the History of Art with Material Studies (HAMS) / History of Art, Materials and Technology (MAT) programme. 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.