The Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) mobile laboratory was established in 2006 at Nottingham Trent University to further develop the use of optical imaging and sensing instruments in archaeology, art, history and conservation.
Our mobile laboratory gives access to:
- state of the art and bespoke instruments for art conservation, history and archaeology communities, around the world;
- a unique in-house developed portable imaging and spectroscopy instruments (funded by UK Research Council grants); and
- commercial instruments that complement the above.
Find out more about the ISAAC group research.
How can the ISAAC mobile lab help your organisation?
ISAAC has a mobile laboratory which gives heritage organisations access to unique instruments and a range of complementary techniques to use in situ. We specialise in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and heritage and in interpretation of the analytical results obtained by the multiple techniques. If you want to find out more about a cultural object or a collection using mobile non-invasive tools to perform in situ analysis, then ISAAC could help.
Our instruments at the Mobile Laboratory further develop the use of optical imaging and sensing research and technology in the use of archaeology, art, history and conservation. We provide access to state of the art technology, developed in-house which gives heritage organisations access to unique instruments and a range of complementary techniques to use on site.
ISAAC’s archaeology, art history and conservation projects takes the research team to museum, galleries and heritage sites across the World. From European projects at the V&A museum, the Louvre and Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland to North American work at Brooklyn Museum and Getty Conservation Institution (GCI), Los Angeles. In China, our research has taken us to Shaan Xi History Musuem, the Dunhuang Research Academy in Gansu and the National Museum of China.
The ISAAC Mobile Lab has collaborated with several national and international organisations, including:
The British Museum The National Gallery
Tate Victoria and Albert Museum
English Heritage Historic England
National Trust Science Museum
Nottingham Castle Museum Birmingham Museum and Gallery
Royal Horticultural Society Historic Royal Palaces
Fitzwilliam Museum Bodleian Library
Peterborough Cathedral National Museum of Ireland
Louvre Museum and C2RMF (France) LRMH (France)
National Museum of China Dunhuang Academy (China)
Shaan Xi History Museum (China) Getty Conservation Institution (USA)
Brooklyn Museum (USA) Museums of New Mexico (USA)
Museum of International Folk Art (USA) Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland)
How to Apply
Access to the ISAAC mobile laboratory is provided at a non-profit basis to charities and public organisations. A short application is required, providing the background, aims and objectives of the project. You will then be contacted by a member of the ISAAC team to discuss the technical feasibility and to suggest instruments and techniques to apply.
From here a panel will judge the project’s merit and grade the proposal. The top ranked proposal will be granted access for free.
If you would like to find out more about ISAAC or talk to us about accessing our mobile laboratory, then please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus, Nottingham