Technology Development and Transfer
Heritage science refers to the "fascinating, rich and diverse range of scientific challenges" associated with conservation and maintenance of movable and immovable heritage. Its significance has grown steadily in recent times for culturally rich, knowledge based economies.
Since the very beginning, for investigation, preservation, and conservation-restoration of our cultural heritage, science and technology has been playing an important role. It includes documentation, study of materials & technology across the era, understanding degradation processes and current state of works of art, as well. Eventually, it leads to development and
evaluation of new materials and methods for interventions in both, movable and immovable art works. In the past decades, the booming developments in chemical science, especially in analytical, organic, environmental chemistry, electronics and computer science has brought new tools and methods of great perfection for analysis, diagnosis and protection of art and cultural objects.
The societal connections with cultural heritage can be nurtured by preservation and valorisation of legacy through scientific methods and technologies, thereby converting it into a resource.
The imaging, diagnosis, and preservation techniques for cultural heritage can be optimized through interdisciplinary collaboration and technology transfer to expand the "tool kit" whilst inspiring researchers to explore beyond boundaries.
Science and Heritage Research Initiative (SHRI), a new programme on Heritage Research, plans to engage experts from diverse fields for data capture and analysis, to form new collaborations, and provide viable technology to address cultural heritage related issues.
Aims and Objectives:
SHRI has been envisaged to -
- Build capacity in human resources and encourage new researchers to work in these areas.
- Promote scientific R&D activities for conservation of Heritage objects which may include material deterioration process, preservation techniques, intervention technologies, new materials, processes for restoration and diagnostic technologies.