Heritage Science

Heritage Science at the Bodleian Libraries covers any research which yields an improvement in the preservation, understanding or treatment of cultural heritage, including reviewing conservation literature, scientific analysis, artificial ageing experiments, real-time condition monitoring and more.

The main aim is to find out more about our collections, and the Libraries have established a research support laboratory to explore objects identified by curatorial, conservation and academic staff within the University. The Head of Heritage Science, David Howell, supports the Bodleian Libraries to achieve their strategic objectives for the long-term sustainable use of library materials and the permanent preservation and accessibility of its special collections of world heritage importance. He also works to promote the Bodleian Libraries as a centre of excellence for collection care and innovation.

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