ISH wins funding for mobile heritage science lab
22 August 2014
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage has been awarded EPSRC funding for a Mobile Heritage Laboratory (MHL).
UCL ISH has previously also won EPSRC funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).
The MHL will represent a unique research infrastructure that will enable scientific research as well as engagement with the public and professionals in museums, heritage and archaeological sites across the UK. Since heritage collections, buildings and sites cannot travel, it is the laboratory infrastructure and researchers that must be mobile. This is currently possible only in exceptional cases, which prevents many potential beneficiaries from heritage managers to researchers from having access to state-of-the-art scientific research created on site.
The MHL will consist of a vehicle adapted for use as a laboratory and of mobile research and big data computing equipment, made available through SEAHA partners. We will carry out environmental, material and structural characterisation, diagnostics, documentation, attribution, authentication and data analysis in situ. This provides opportunities to explain to visitors the discoveries and innovations of heritage science. We are keen to hear from you if you have a an object, a building or a site that needs investigating!
Read more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).