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The hunt for Oxford's retired Emperor Heads is on! SEAHA on BBC News

3 May 2018


SEAHA Student Scott Orr, based at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, has been featured on BBC news in the hunt to find Oxford’s retired Emperor heads. The heads once stood in front of the Sheldonian lecture theatre, which is currently on its third set of heads with many ‘retired’ heads around Oxford.  A number have been located but it is thought around half a dozen still exist in unknown locations. Scott and his colleagues are seeking to find the heads to understand how they have weathered and deteriorated to improve conservation efforts for similar items.

Scott Orr is a SEAHA PhD student based at the University of Oxford and his research applies a range of non-destructive testing methods on historical stone masonry to develop 4D moisture monitoring techniques. He is supported by partners Historic Environment Scotland & Consarc Design Group.



Photo: Sheldonian Head at Wadham College, Oxford, credit Scott Orr