Using future tech to protect the past.
Cultural heritage sites, traditions, and objects across the world are deteriorating. They are being affected by war, climate change, and growing urban infrastructures. With every lost asset, we are erasing another chapter in our shared heritage of history, experiences and traditions – the things that make us human, providing us with a sense of place and identity.
Our cultural heritage research at NTU brings together science, engineering, arts and humanities to develop innovative ways to reveal, record, restore, and preserve priceless artifacts and protected monuments. Changing how we see our past and preserving it for the future.
NTU researchers respond to challenges at home and across the globe. They have developed solutions to create a virtual reconstruction of Nottingham Castle, providing a window into how Kings and Queens used to live. They’ve created digital models to save the Hawara Pyramid in Egypt, protecting important information of societies that came before us. They’re also using astronomy imaging techniques to accurately date 800-year-old Tibetan Buddhist cave temple paintings.
Through innovation and collaboration, we’re reimagining how we restore, protect and preserve cultural heritage assets around the world. We are shaping cultural heritage policy to safeguard traditions and cultural identity, and we’re redefining approaches to heritage science to conserve knowledge of previous generations for the future.
Our cultural heritage research was recently submitted to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Unit of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, where 100% of our research environment was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Explore the latest news and projects
Nottingham Trent University wins highest national honour for cultural heritage science research
Fri 26 Nov 2021
Cultural Heritage: NTU's first Research Peak
Tue 15 Dec 2020
Global Heritage research project shortlisted for Newton Prize 2020
Mon 17 Aug 2020
Scientists reveal 700-year-old cave’s hidden secrets
Tue 17 Nov 2020
Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is a Professor and Chair of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. Professor Abdelmonem is a prominent critic and scholar in architectural humanities, history and theory of architecture and smart preservation of urban heritage.
Professor Liang is Distinguished Professor of Physics, Head of the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) research group, Director of the Imaging, Materials and Engineering Research Centre (IMEC) and one of the leads of the university-wide Cultural Heritage Research Peak.
Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC)
The ISAAC Research Group is one of the world leading groups in the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT), spectral imaging and remote sensing techniques (hardware, software, data processing and analysis) specifically for cultural heritage applications.
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