UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


ISH launches 2014/2015 guest lecture programme

25 August 2014

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage’s Nigel J Seeley Memorial Lectures are held between October and May of the academic year.  

Drawn from the wider academic, heritage and industry sectors, the speakers reflect the cross-disciplinary heritage research interests of Nigel John Seeley, and the lectures are held in association with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology.

Dr Seeley, a conservation scientist, started his career with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory.  From the early 1970s and for the rest of his career, he applied his broad scientific knowledge to cultural heritage.  He was Head of Department of Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science, Institute of Archaeology, London University (from 1986 University College London);  Surveyor of Conservation and Head of Conservation at the National Trust; Honorary Research Fellow, University College London and Visiting Professor, Centre for Sustainable Heritage at UCL until his untimely demise in 2004. Read more about Nigel J Seeley in his obituary.

Our public lectures which are delivered by guest speakers are held monthly in one of UCL’s iconic lecture theatres on its Bloomsbury campus.  While the lecture venues may change, all lectures start promptly at 6.15pm.  We request everyone to arrive with 5 minutes to spare in order to keep disturbance to a minimum because the entrance to several of the lecture theatres is next to the speaker’s platform.

The 2014-2015 programme includes speakers from England and Scotland, from academia, the public sector and private practice and from disciplines which include architecture and planning, geography, computer science, chemistry, policy, heritage protection and archaeological science. 

The programme starts on 9th October 2014 at 6.15pm with a lecture by Dennis Rodwell, Architect and Planner.  Dennis works internationally in the field of cultural heritage, focused on the management of historic sites and cities of all dates and periods up to and including present day.

Dennis Rodwell will be followed on 6th November 2014 by Professor Heather Viles, a geographer with major interests in geomorphology and heritage science. Much of Heather’s research focuses on the application of science to heritage conservation. Heather is currently Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation, University of Oxford.  

On 4th December 2014, we will hear from Professor David Arnold who combines architecture, engineering, computer science and information technology research interests which he applies to cultural heritage.  David is currently Professor of Computing Science, University of Brighton.

Lectures are normally of 40-45 minutes’ duration followed by questions and answers. The lectures titles and abstracts are published on our website approximately 4 weeks before the date of the lecture.  Should you wish to receive email notification of our lectures, contact ishadministrator@ucl.ac.uk.