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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. Abusir is the name of an elaborate burial area in Egypt, dotted with 19 pyramids and other temples, stretching on the western side of the Nile from the south of the Giza Plateau to the northern rim of Saqqara....

    Authors: Abdelrhman Fahmy, Eduardo Molina-Piernas, Salvador Domínguez-Bella, Javier Martínez-López and Fatma Helmi
    Citation: Heritage Science 2022 10:61
  2. The effects of environmental and conservation management scenarios on the permanence of the historical book collections housed at the Classense Library (Ravenna, Italy) were investigated. Non-destructive mater...

    Authors: Floriana Coppola, Natalie Brown, Floriana Amicucci, Matija Strlič and Alberto Modelli
    Citation: Heritage Science 2020 8:89
  3. An innovative survey was conducted of the collections of the historical Biblioteca Classense, located in the urban area of Ravenna (Northern Italy). The survey aimed to evaluate the current conservation state ...

    Authors: Natalie Brown, Floriana Coppola, Alberto Modelli, Floriana Amicucci, Dirk Lichtblau and Matija Strlič
    Citation: Heritage Science 2020 8:88
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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