UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


About us

We deliver sustainable solutions to real-world cultural heritage problems through ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary research and innovative teaching for future heritage leaders.

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The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage trains future managers, curators and conservators of sustainable heritage. We are home to researchers whose work leads to innovative, sustainable, conservation solutions.

The Institute leads the advance and recognition of the value of cultural heritage in the UK and beyond, putting the discipline on the map by:

  • working collaboratively with partners in industry, heritage and policy, as well as across UCL and at other universities
  • informing policy at UK and European level and helping to implement it, working with heritage organisations

World-leading teaching and research

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is a world-leading centre of research and teaching excellence and has received a series of awards, grants and accolades to confirm this.

The QS World University Rankings (2022) places The Bartlett, our faculty, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World. In the latest national research assessment (REF 2021), we are number one for Research Power in the built environment, and 91% of our research has been deemed ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.

Through its work with the Complex Built Environment Systems Systems group, our School has been awarded an historic three EPSRC Platform Grants, prestigious awards of funding given to what the EPSRC calls ‘well-established, world-leading research groups’.

The Smithsonian Institution has also described UCL ISH as "world-leading". The institute was awarded the Europa Nostra Grand Prix for Research – a highly regarded prize in the field of heritage science research - in 2010.

Outstanding facilities

The work of our staff and students is supported by our outstanding research and teaching facilities.

These include: our state-of-the-art Heritage Science Laboratory with over 100m2 of lab space for studying historic objects and environments, the unique research vehicle Mobile Heritage Lab enabling scientific research and engagement with the public and professionals alike, and most recently our Here East Heritage Science Laboratory located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with three spaces for imaging and other experimental work.

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    The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

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    We’re part of The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources - home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.
    The School’s role is to help the Institutes establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies.
    Through our teaching and research the School addresses the complex global challenges of sustainability transition through multidisciplinary collaboration.

     Find out more about the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources