Unit(s) of assessment: General Engineering
School: School of Science and Technology
ISAAC’s projects takes the research team to museums, galleries and heritage sites across the World. We have visited numerous national and international organisations, applying our multimodal analysis for the examination of various artworks of different type and style.
- From European projects at London’s V&A museum, the Louvre in Paris and Fondation Beyeler near Basal, Switzerland to North American work at New York’s Brooklyn Museum and Getty Conservation Institution (GCI) based in Los Angeles.
- In China, our research has taken us to Shaan Xi History Musuem, in Xi'an, the Dunhuang Research Academy in Gansu and the National Museum of China, Beijing.
Helping museums protect artwork: Assessing the vulnerability of artwork using a portable microfade spectrometer
Remote laser spectroscopy at standoff distances for heritage applications
Remote spectral imaging at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Dunhuang
The Next Generation of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Art Conservation - in situ non-invasive imaging of subsurface microstructure of objects
Culture and Trade through the Prism of Technical Art History - a Study of Chinese Export Painting
Conservation varnishes at the National Gallery: studying their optical and material properties
Non-invasive analysis and large scale imaging of murals at the UNESCO world heritage site of Mogao caves in Dunhuang
The application of optical coherence tomography in a study of The Mellow Pad by Stuart Davis, the American Modernist Painter
Ultra-high resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (UHOCT) for the conservation of the Leonardo da Vinci painting Saint John the Baptist at the Louvre
ISAAC Mobile Lab Examination of the Faddan More Bog Bible
The origin of the Selden map of China through a holistic analysis of the painting materials and the cartographic techniques
The Oppenheimer Siddur: uncovering the production process of a medieval illuminated Hebrew manuscript using scientific analysis
From Myth to Majesty: An Historical and Scientific Exploration of Fifteenth-Century British Royal Genealogies from the ‘Noah’ Tradition
Southeast Asian Illuminated Manuscripts: a study of the Maritime Silk Road using scientific imaging and AI
Networks & Exhibitions
Seeing the Light - The Science of Colour in Art
UK-China workshop on Application of Imaging Science to the Interdisciplinary Study of Wall Paintings along the Silk Road
Science and Heritage Programme Research Cluster on Understanding complex structures: the conservation, display and interpretation of lace and natural objects