Science and Heritage Programme

Other Events

RSC/Diamond Light Source Heritage Day

Hartwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

13th February 2013

In collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Diamond has organised a unique day for conservators, conservation scientists and other heritage professionals to demonstrate the potential of this fantastic facility.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

The aim of the day is to explain some of the technical and practical aspects of the facility, and then to explore how best we, heritage practitioners, can make the most of this unique opportunity to use equipment way beyond the resources normally available for us.

Below is a provisional timetable

10:15 registration

10:30 – 12:00 Synchrotron light, beamlines and relevant techniques presented by Diamond experts Fred Mosselmans, Nick Terrill, and Michael Drakopoulos

12:00 -13:00 Lunch, with poster board display

13:00 – 14:15 Beamline tours (including I18, B18 and I22)

14:15 – 15:45 Case Studies presented by David Mills (Queen Mary University of London), Tim Wess (Cardiff University), and Andrew Dent (Diamond)

16:00 Depart

The event is free, includes lunch and s kindly subsidised by Diamond. Please visit the Diamond website to register your interest in attending. Please note that places are limited, so you will be asked to state your affiliation and your reasons for attending.

Please contact Diamond Communications  or Lee Gonzalez  for further details.

HMC13 - 3rd Historic Mortars Conference

The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

11th-13th September 2013

The University of the West of Scotland is pleased to announce the 3rd Historic Mortars Conference, HMC13, to be held in Glasgow, at the historic Mitchell Library. The previous events in Lisbon (2008) and Prague (2010) were highly successful, attracting nearly 200 participants and almost 150 papers each with accompanying oral and poster presentations. The events provide a forum for exchange and dialogue between those with diverse interests in the understanding of historic mortars and masonry, building conservation and Archaeometry.

Contributions and expressions of interest are invited on any aspect of the understanding of historic mortars and historic masonry, from the compositional to the mechanical, from the applied to the theoretical and philosophical, and from archaeology to building conservation. We will be happy to consider suggestions for subject specific sessions. We are particularly interested in:

  • exploring and strengthening the link between real world, practical applications and research, both applied and fundamental
  • how changing understanding of materiality affects philosophies of conservation and practical interventions
  • understanding new materials and applications, particularly those emanating from industry to assess the private sector role in conservation
  • new advanced characterisation techniques in addition to characterisation, the experimental and in-situ assessment of mortars and masonry and the development of mortars, renders and grouts for repair.

In the pursuit of the link with the practical and applied, we have developed a co-publicising relationship with the Building Limes Forum Ireland, who will host the BLF annual meeting in Dublin in September 2013, in order to encourage cross attendance at both events.

Send an abstract or/and an expression of interest in attending or organising a session to John Hughes at in the first instance by the 1st of October 2012.

For further information contact:
Dr John Hughes, School of Engineering, University of the West of Scotland,
Paisley Campus, PA1 2BE, Scotland
T: +44 (0)141 848 3268

A web site will be set up soon….

The Mitchell Library
The City of Glasgow
University of the West of Scotland
HMC08 in Lisbon
HMC10 in Prague
HMC10 proceedings

Increasing Europe' s competitiveness through cultural heritage research - an initiative of the EU project Net Heritage

Committee of the Regions - Brussels
March 24 2011
Millions of tourists enjoy Europe’s museums, monuments and landscapes every day. Cultural heritage has become a point of reference in our changing societies, demonstrating the cultural richness of the continent. At the same time research on these valuable objects is underfunded in many countries. This is short-sighted. Researchers are needed to keep the tourism industry booming - they develop key technologies to save monuments and art pieces for future generations worldwide.

Coordination of national research is the key to cost effective and sustainable
funding. This is why the EU 2020 strategy and the “Innovation Union” ask for increased cooperation. The domain of cultural heritage appears best suited for common efforts: Climate change, natural disasters and pollution threaten cultural heritage worldwide. Protecting it with innovative techniques is a grand challenge.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the results of the EU-project NET-HERITAGE
with stakeholders and policy makers. The ERA-NET has laid the foundations to better coordinate national research funding. Programme managers from 14 countries have identified best practise in funding. They have collected ideas on how to foster young talents. For the first time common research priorities have been identified.

When funds are scarce, information on needs, strengths and priorities within the domain of cultural heritage research is valuable for scientists and policy makers. Outstanding research projects are presented. Regional case studies show how the preservation of cultural heritage brings smart growth and how it enhances sustainable economic development. Recently cultural heritage has been identified as a priority topic for increasing national and EU R&D funding with a “Joint Programming Initiative” (JPI) by the European Commission. You are invited to follow the exciting process of the development of the European Research Area!

For more information and to register for this conference please see the NETHERITAGE events page

International Workshop - Heritage Science Education in a Changing World

Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw
6th April 2011

For more information and to register for this workshop please see the NETHERITAGE events page