Science and Heritage Programme

Science and Heritage Programme


The Science and Heritage Programme has been established in order to take forward recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Science and Heritage. The Programme will draw on a range of disciplinary expertise and resources in order to transform the ways in which changes to our cultural heritage and its conservation are understood.  One of the aims of the programme will be to develop the research community by building capacity and supporting new researchers.

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Conference - Sustaining the Impact of UK Science and Heritage Research

STOP PRESS - Rt Hon David Willetts MP to address the conference. English Heritage to announce new Science Strategy at Conference reception.

Registration for the Science and Heritage Programme's 2-day landmark conference is now open!

If you are a conservator, curator heritage manager or researcher deciding which conference will give you exceptional value this year, this event encapsulates the knowledge and expertise created in the UK during the last five years and will provide unique networking opportunities for academics, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

For more information, the draft conference programme and to book your place please click here.

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Professor Bernie Smith

The Science and Heritage Programme is saddened to report the death of Professor Bernie Smith, former UNESCO World Heritage advisor, Professor of Tropical Geomorphology at Queen's University Belfast, and co-investigator on the Transformation and Resilience of our Landscapes, Archaeology and Built Heritage: Defining Responses to Societal and Environmental Pressures Research Cluster. Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Obituary by Patricia Warke here.

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Science and Heritage follow up

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has decided to undertake a short follow-up to its 2006 report entitled Science and Heritage, 9th report of session 2005-06 (HL Paper 256) and has requested submissions of updates, from the perspective of practitioners and institutions, of developments since the publication of the Committee’s original report. Submissions should be delivered by Tuesday January 31st 2012 and should be no longer than six pages in length. Full story here.

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Images - top: Non-contact 3D laser scanning of a marble statue of Athena. (c) Dr Martin Cooper, National Museums Liverpool. Bottom from left to right: Attendees at the joint Science and Heritage Programme/STFC Art of Hard Science event at Daresbury Laboratory. (c) Daresbury Laboratory/STFC. Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire. (c) Dr Matija Strlic, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL. Ann Fenech (left) and Ana Martins (right; Museum of Modern Art, New York) working on a non-destructive method for dating photographic materials using Near infrared Spectroscopy. (c) Dr Matija Strlic, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL