UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


London Metropolitan Archives visit the Heritage Science Lab

30 April 2015


Eight experts from the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) visited our Heritage Science Laboratory (HSL) on 23rd April 2015 to see the ongoing heritage research and to meet some of our students. 

Sustainable heritage academics and visitors discussed ongoing research, including the work that Dr. Katherine Curran has done looking at VOC emissions from historic objects and the research that Josep Grau-Bove has done modelling particulate deposition in historic properties.  Two of our SEAHA students discussed their research, as it is paper-focussed: Natalie Brown discussed her work analysing the properties of Chinese paper, and Yun Liu discussed her work on the degradation of iron-gall inks.

Two of our MRes students also had the chance to meet our visitors, Carolien Coon discussed her work on the use of microfading to explore the photodegradation of 3D printing materials, and Nanette Jackowski discussed her work on analysing the proteins in wool fibres from the tapestries at Hampton Court.  Matija Strlic joined the visit to discuss his research too.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience, a great opportunity to showcase sustainable heritage research and to get feedback directly from heritage professionals, and to get the perspective of people with expertise in conservation on our work.

There are frequent visits to the Heritage Science Laboratory in Gordon House, WC1H 0PP.  If you would like to visit the lab please email Rachel Kempsell on r.kempsell@ucl.ac.uk.