UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage



UCL ISH’s research frequently influences policy-making and has been described by the Smithsonian Institution as ‘world-leading’.

Most of UCL ISH’s research spans subjects in the arts and humanities and the hard sciences. This means expertise is drawn from across many disciplines, not just within the Institute, but also from the BEAMS Heritage Science and Engineering Network, a community of experts in departments across UCL with an interest in cultural heritage work. Explore the breadth of our research across the following sections:


UCL ISH has four major research themes: Heritage Risk and Resilience, Heritage Science, Modern and Contemporary Heritage and Future Heritage.


UCL ISH research projects engage with complex, real-world heritage issues that demand world-class research expertise from numerous disciplines.


UCL ISH has disseminated its research through newspaper articles, television, poetry, stand-up comedy, public lectures and participation in public events.


The range of activities in which UCL ISH academic staff, researchers and students engage extends far beyond traditional teaching and research. 


The work of staff and students at UCL ISH is supported by world-class research and teaching facilities.

Project archive

These projects showcase recent MRes students' research and reflect the high level of interdisciplinarity and the great variety of topics addressed.