Science and Heritage Programme



In June 2008, ten Collaborative Research Studentships (PhDs) were awarded under the first call of the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme. These awards will allow PhD researchers to study with major UK universities and cultural institutions to push the boundaries of our understanding of historic materials. To access information about individual projects please click on the project titles below.

Deterioration and Conservation of Historic Concrete Structures: the National Museum of Flight Military Airfield at East Fortune
University of Edinburgh, in partnership with National Museums Scotland   

Historic Dye Analysis: Method Development and New Applications in Cultural Heritage
University of Edinburgh, in partnership with National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums   

In Situ Preservation of Wetland Heritage: Hydrological and Chemical Change in the Burial Environment of the Somerset Levels, UK
University of Reading, in partnership with English Heritage   

Interventive Conservation of Black-Dyed Organic Materials: The Problem of Metal-polyphenol Complexes
University of Manchester, in partnership with The British Museum   

Investigation into Structural Analysis and Associated Conservation Support Strategy in the Display of Large Historic Tapestries
University of Manchester, in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces    

Lifetime of Colour Photographs in Mixed Archival Collections

Centre for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, in partnership with The National Archives

Non-invasive Methods for In Situ Assessing and Monitoring the Vulnerability of Rock Art Monuments
Nottingham Trent University in partnership with English Heritage

Preparing Historic Collections for Climate Change

University of East Anglia, in partnership with English Heritage   

Sustainable Radiography for Cultural Materials in the 21st Century: Optimising Filmless Capture Techniques

University of Bradford (Archaeological Sciences), in partnership with National Museums Liverpool   

Weathering and Decay in Historical Magnesian Limestone: Application of X-Ray Techniques to Inform Cathedral Conservation in the 21st Century

Cardiff University in partnership with York Minster

Thirteen research clusters were funded under the second Science and Heritage Programme Call.

The clusters were designed to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders from a range of disciplines and institutions, with participants drawn from many different types of research organisations including higher education, research institutions, heritage organisations, museums, galleries, libraries and archives.

Each cluster ran for up to one year, during which a number of open workshops and events were organised. The clusters are now closed, but more information about individual research clusters can be accessed by clicking the project titles below.

EGOR: Environmental Guidelines: Opportunities and Risks
Principal Investigator - Ms Nancy Bell, The National Archives.

Understanding Complex Structures: the Conservation, Display and Interpretation of Lace and Natural Objects
Principal Investigator - Professor Tom Fisher, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University

Ecologies of Modern Heritage: Studying the Cultural and Material Environments of Recent Historical Change
Principal Investigator - Dr Dan Hicks, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Transformation and Resilience of our Landscapes, Archaeology and Built Heritage: Defining Responses to Societal and Environmental Pressures
Principal Investigator - Dr John Hughes, School of Engineering and Science, University of the West of Scotland

Touching the Untouchable: Increasing Access to Archaeological Artefacts by Virtual Handling

Principal Investigator - Dr Linda Hurcombe, Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter

An Integrated Approach to the Management, Scientific Study and Conservation of Battlefield Artefact Assemblages
Principal Investigator - Mr Rob Janaway, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford

Researching Ivory: Integrating Scientific Analyses, Historical Data, Artefact Studies and Conservation Needs
Principal Investigator - Dr Paul Lane, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Decay of Ancient Stone Monuments
Principal Investigator - Dr Aron Mazel, School of Arts and Culture, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

I-HE(AR)^2 [I Hear Too] - Improving Heritage Experience Through Acoustic Reality and Audio Research
Principal Investigator - Dr Damian Murphy, Department of Electronics, University of York

BookNET: A Network for the Technological Study of the Book and Manuscript as Artefact
Principal Investigator - Professor Mark Pollard, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Cultural Encounters and Explorations: Conservation's "Catch-22"
Principal Investigator - Ms Elizabeth Pye, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Modelling, Interpretation and Alternate Representations: Visualization Technology, Heritage Buildings & Coastal Threats
Principal Investigator - Dr Jonathan Roberts, School of Computer Science, Bangor University

Research Cluster for the Investigation of Acoustic and Musical Elements of Prehistoric Archaeological Sites in Britain
Principal Investigator - Dr Rupert Till, Department of Music and Drama, University of Huddersfield