Our student-run interest groups gather students who are studying similar heritage science topics across the centre. The groups organise regular meetings, field trips, and training sessions. We currently have three groups:
- Built Heritage Interest Group
- Imaging Group
- Landscape Group
SEAHA hosts annual conferences to gather together our students and the heritage science community to hear the latest in heritage science research.
Alongside our heritage science MRes at UCL, we train our students in all elements of heritage science from data visualisation to in situ conservation. Previously we have held training on:
- Data visualisation
- Digital methods in heritage science
- Public Engagement
- Research Ethics
- Documentary film making
As a Centre for Doctoral Training we provide our students opportunites to get together, to share knowledge, and provide training for all.
All of our students attended the annual residential at the start of their first year of study. Our residentials have been lively events, with workshops on career development, ‘surviving the PhD’, entrepreneurship, engaging with the media, and always featured a full cohort student board meeting.
SEAHA Seminars ran annually for our MRes students to present their research to the existing cohort and their supervisors.
Our students undertake several fieldtrips when they are with us to conduct research in situ.
Digital Methods at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie (ISTI), Pisa
Our Digital Methods training was a week-long residential at the world-leading Computing Laboratory at ISTI who are specialists in computer graphics, visual computing, and their application to cultural heritage. Students gained a comprehensive overview of digital methods including scanning, photography, modelling, analysing, visualising, and fabricating.
Hellens Manor in Herefordshire is one of the oldest houses in the UK and probably the one that has received more scientific interest. Every year, students from the MRes project spent a week in the house, using the latest experimental techniques to develop research projects that contribute to its management, interpretation and conservation. These involve chemical imaging of its impressive painting collections, the analysis of historic materials or assessments of environmental risks.
SEAHA students have been very involved in public engagement. Often using the Mobile Heritage Lab, students have visited science festivals, schools and historic sites in order to share their research with a wider audience. SEAHA advocates for innovative and thoughtful public engagement, which promotes collaboration, learning and equality of access to science.
We are open to suggestions and expressions of interest to participate in our public engagement activities or to invite our Mobile Lab to events that promote heritage science.
Heritage Science Research Network
The Heritage Science Research Network ran from 2015-2017 and was a student run network that aimed to:
- Provide a platform for gathering and engaging heritage science and related researchers, professionals and practitioners for the discussion of innovative research being conducted in the cross-disciplinary field.
- Connect and stimulate the dialogue between practitioners and academics involved in heritage science and in cultural heritage broadly.
- Share new knowledge in best practice addressing the scientific and engineering research needs of the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors.
Heritage Science Podcast
The Heritage Science Podcast ran from 2017-18 and was created directly by SEAHA students in collaboration with UCL digital media services.
With guests ranging from heritage practitioners, academics and students, the podcast discusses a number of different issues in heritage science.