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 (2021) places The Bartlett, our faculty, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 in the World. In the latest national research assessment (REF 2014), 46% of our 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 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.

    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