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The SEAHA-CDT collection

This collection showcases selected research papers from early-career researchers working at the SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training. This EPSRC-funded centre was established in 2014 by Oxford University, the University of Brighton and University College London along with numerous cultural institutions and industry partners. The research carried out in SEAHA involves all the aspects of heritage science, from environments to imaging technologies, from materials science to digital heritage.

Papers selected by the Guest Editor as examples of the high quality research being performed at the SEAHA-CDT are invited to be submitted as part of this article collection in Heritage Science.

Editor: Dr Josep Grau-Bove


  1. For the last 30 years, the cultural heritage sector has undertaken research into pesticide residues in museum objects. However, quantitative studies of volatile residues remain scarce. This research presents a...

    Authors: Fabiana Portoni, Josep Grau-Bové and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:58

    Content type: Research article

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  2. When rain impacts a building façade, it is essential that once it has entered, it leaves by evaporation to help the building dry out. Accumulation of moisture can lead to internal dampness, mould and decay of ...

    Authors: Lucie Fusade, Scott Allan Orr, Chris Wood, Meriel O’Dowd and Heather Viles

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:38

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  3. This paper proposes a new approach to collection surveying based on epidemiology, the discipline that describes and explains disease patterns in populations. In epidemiology the focus of attention lies not onl...

    Authors: Cristina Duran-Casablancas, Josep Grau-Bové, Tom Fearn and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:11

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Wear and tear is the outcome of degradation most frequently reported in assessments of archival and library collections. It is also problematic to study in controlled experiments, due to the difficulty in repr...

    Authors: Cristina Duran-Casablancas, Josep Grau-Bové and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:10

    Content type: Review

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  5. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a new process that is spreading in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction field. It allows the creation of virtual building models, which can be linked to numeri...

    Authors: Danae Phaedra Pocobelli, Jan Boehm, Paul Bryan, James Still and Josep Grau-Bové

    Citation: Heritage Science 2018 6:30

    Content type: Review

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  6. Ancient Egyptian mummies were often covered with an outer casing, panels and masks made from cartonnage: a lightweight material made from linen, plaster, and recycled papyrus held together with adhesive. Egypt...

    Authors: Adam Gibson, Kathryn E. Piquette, Uwe Bergmann, William Christens-Barry, Graham Davis, Marco Endrizzi, Shuting Fan, Sina Farsiu, Anthony Fitzgerald, Jennifer Griffiths, Cerys Jones, Guorong Li, Phillip L. Manning, Charlotte Maughan Jones, Roberta Mazza, David Mills…

    Citation: Heritage Science 2018 6:7

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The chemical and physical properties of 19th and 20th century Chinese papers were investigated using a variety of material characterisation methods. A reference collection of 178 Chinese papers, dating from 17...

    Authors: Natalie Brown, Dirk Lichtblau, Tom Fearn and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:47

    Content type: Research article

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  8. In the last few decades, extreme weather events mostly characterized by more intense and frequent precipitation and wind incidents have risen, and current climatic projections strongly suggest that this trend ...

    Authors: Yasemin Didem Aktas, Dina D’Ayala, Nigel Blades and Christopher Calnan

    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:5

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Rapid Prototyping (RP) has revolutionized the world of manufacturing. It has gained popularity among designers and artists, having developed from a visualization tool to a manufacturing tool for end-use produc...

    Authors: Carolien Coon, Boris Pretzel, Tom Lomax and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2016 4:40

    Content type: Review

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  10. In contrast to scientific research focussing on European paper, there is a significant gap in our knowledge of Islamic papermaking. This research surveys the evidence of techniques and materials typically used...

    Authors: Hend Mahgoub, Tiphaine Bardon, Dirk Lichtblau, Tom Fearn and Matija Strlič

    Citation: Heritage Science 2016 4:34

    Content type: Research article

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