UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


A new era for heritage scholarship at the UCL ISH

28 August 2014

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The Bartlett is celebrating the establishment of the Institute for Sustainable Heritage (UCL-ISH). ISH delivers sustainable solutions to real world problems concerning cultural heritage, working with external partners on ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary research and innovative teaching for future heritage leaders.

Formerly the Centre for Sustainable Heritage and part of the erstwhile Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, ISH launches as an Institute in its own right in September. Its staff and students welcome its new status as a UCL Institute , building on its successful bid for an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), established in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Brighton and several UCL departments.

UCL-ISH will celebrate a decade of its renowned MSc in Sustainable Heritage, and a new MRes in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), as well as a highly interdisciplinary MPhil/PhD programme. From 2014 to 2022, SEAHA will aim to support at least 60 interdisciplinary doctoral students on exciting heritage science projects in collaboration with heritage organisations and partners in science, engineering and industry. The coming academic year will also see the launch of the Mobile Heritage Science Laboratory, funded by EPSRC, as well as a new public guest lecture programme commencing in October 2014.

Professor May Cassar, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, is looking forward to a new era for Heritage scholarship at The Bartlett.

“Innovation and sustainability, paired with a thoroughly cross-disciplinary approach to heritage research and teaching are the hallmarks of our institute.

Our work bridges the fields of arts and humanities, social and natural sciences and is informed by our collaborative work with partners in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, heritage organisations, industry, policy and other universities, nationally and globally.

This approach aims to not only shape the future of our UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, but also the future of heritage practice through our research and teaching, led by a rich mix of people, experiences and disciplines seeking to answer complex, searching heritage questions.”