UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


About us

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


UCL ISH 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 places UCL Energy Institutes’s faculty as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment in the World. In the latest national research assessment (REF 2014), 46% of UCL ISH’s faculty’s research was rated ‘world-leading’ (4*), with a further 35% recognised as 3* internationally excellent.

Through its work with the Complex Built Environment Systems group, UCL ISH’s faculty has been awarded a 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", and in 2010, with others, the institute was awarded the Europa Nostra Grand Prix for Research – a highly regarded prize in the field of heritage science research.

The institute has led the advance and recognition of the value of cultural heritage, in the UK and beyond. UCL ISH have put 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


By working with world-class partners, UCL ISH engage with real-world heritage issues. The institute's work bridges science, arts and the humanities and UCL ISH staff bring expertise from a wide range of disciplines.

The institute attracts – and demands – a rich mix of people, backgrounds and disciplines to answer complex, searching questions. 

UCL ISH is part of the Complex Built Environment Systems group, which has received a historic total of three EPSRC Platform Grants, with the most recent being awarded in 2017. These prestigious awards of funding are given to what the EPSRC calls ‘well-established, world-leading research groups’ and have given the Institute a flexible foundation, allowing the creation of a long-term research strategy.’