Science and Heritage Programme
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Aims and objectives

The vision of the Programme is to increase knowledge and the resilience of our cultural heritage in the face of twenty-first-century challenges.

By 2099, our cultural heritage - old, fragile, incomplete, non-homogenous and around us in large but decreasing quantities - will have faced many challenges ranging from intensive use for leisure, education and wellbeing to climate change impacts.

Significantly, with the increasing demand for sustainable re-use of materials across a large swathe of society and the economy, heritage science can increase our understanding of how to extend and predict the life of materials for continuing cycles of re-use.

The Programme aims to transform our understanding and the resilience of cultural materials so that it is better placed to avoid drastic change in the face of natural, environmental and human challenges in the 21st Century. The Programme will advance and expand knowledge by supporting innovative research, seeking answers to pressing cultural and scientific questions.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

  • Overcome a fragmented research base by developing the hybrid heritage science research discipline
  • Develop significant understanding of the relationship between cultural and scientific research questions
  • Increase the capacity of heritage science
  • Address national research priorities within an international context
  • Facilitate connections, communication and exchange
  • Increase public engagement with science and heritage

Non-contact 3D laser scanning of a marble statue of Athena. Image (c) Dr Martin Cooper, National Museums Liverpool.

Non-contact 3D laser scanning of a marble statue of Athena. Image (c) Dr Martin Cooper, National Museums Liverpool.



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