UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Preventive Conservation Lab

The Preventive Conservation Lab enables cutting edge research on the interaction between heritage materials and environments. It comprises digital tools, portable equipment and computational methods.

1 July 2020

Online tools

tool chart

Researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage actively develop accessible tools that can help preventive conservation. Users can access the IMPACT tool for the estimation of pollutant concentrations, visualise their data in a digital psychrometric chart and estimate dust deposition rates. Other tools for collections modelling and materials degradation are in preparation.

Find out more about online tools for Preventive Conservation.

Modelling and simulation


Computational models of heritage objects and environments can play a key role in analysis and decision making. The ISH has pioneered the use of different types of models in preventive conservation: Building Information Modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Systems and Agent-Based Modelling.

Find out more about modelling and simulation.

Environmental monitoring


Data collection and analysis are an essential aspect of preventive conservation. The equipment of our labs (Heritage Science Lab and Mobile Heritage Lab), combined with measurement protocols developed by ISH, enables a total characterisation of heritage environments.

Find out more about environmental monitoring.