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

Partner Institutions for the Art, Work, Space Module

UCL Culture Reports
Haunch of Venison Reports
Wellcome Collection & Library Reports
Libby Sheldon Paintings Analysis Reports
Scottish National Galleries of Art: Reports
The Guildhall Art Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum: Reports
National Portrait Gallery: Reports
Julia Nagle Conservation of Fine Art
Conservation studio of Sally Woodcock
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Molyneux Kerr Architects
Christie's auction house
Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery
National Trust
Victor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Shoreditch
English Heritage
British Film Institute
The British Library
The Cartoon Museum
Artvisor Reports

Funding Bodies and Research Collaborators

Funding Bodies & Research Collaborators