EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) - Scholarship: 'Lighting Policies for Collections using Microfadeometry'

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) is pleased to announce that applications are currently open for the following interdisciplinary four-year scholarship:

'Lighting Policies for Collections using Microfadeometry'


This a very exciting studentship focusing on decisions on lighting policies in collecting institutions worldwide. These are often made based on implicit knowledge of instability of a work of art or of a collection, e.g. light budget guidelines as available in the BSI PAS198 “Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collections”. Such decisions often err on the side of caution as some objects (even within the same vulnerability group) may be more sensitive than others, which leads to exhibitions being limited in terms of duration of display or lighting levels. However, scientific tools have been developed that enable us to test the colour stability of a particular object: a(portable) microfadeometer both illuminates the object (~0.5 mm) and measures the resulting colour change simultaneously, which allows collection care specialists to develop object-specific or collection-specific exhibition guidelines.

The doctoral project will address the following research questions:

(i) Can suitable lighting guidelines be developed using microfadeometry, taking into account different types of objects and light sources?

(ii) Using the principles of sustainability, can suitable guidelines be developed for the choice of light sources, as well as for what could be the acceptable level of light damage in the long term?

(iii) Can an online tool be developed to assist in decision making about light levels during exhibitions?

Application deadline: 15 July 2014
Interviews: 22 July 2014 (at UCL)

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached under 'Related Files' below.