Science and Heritage Programme
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About Heritage Science

Science and heritage have recently received unprecedented attention as a field of scholarly research, as the foundation of improved heritage management, of educational interest and for the potential to deliver social and economic benefits.

The arts and humanities are the driver of heritage science research because relations between science and heritage (good, bad or indifferent) affect public value of material culture.  Therefore, in working towards new science and heritage research, a progressive hybrid ‘science-and-heritage’ will emerge.  This will be based on a renewed understanding of the moveable and immoveable heritage as objects that exist within heterogeneous networks of human, non-human and in-human materials; that cultural heritage is always in a state of becoming, occupying ‘inbetween’ spaces.

As the juxtaposition of arts and humanities and science, technology and engineering, science and heritage matter because they mirror the complexity of the human intellect which is fascinated by, and capable of making an integral and elegant whole of two different but complementary parts.


A range of test objects from the CRS project 'Sustainable Radiography for Cultural Materials in the 21st Century: Optimising Filmless Capture Techniques'. Image (c) Lucy Martin.

A range of test objects from the CRS project 'Sustainable Radiography for Cultural Materials in the 21st Century: Optimising Filmless Capture Techniques'. Image (c) Lucy Martin. 


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