Heritage Science Expert Working Group

Aims and Intentions

The aim of the Heritage Science Expert Working Group (EWG) is to promote the role and importance of analytical science in the cultural heritage sector. This involves improving the understanding of what each analysis method can deliver, explaining the best approaches to data collection and encouraging events that highlight appropriate analytical techniques within the conservation community. These aims are achieved through:

  • the production of technical briefs that discuss specific analytical techniques needed to analyse historic materials and
  • the participation in and organisation of events that promote awareness of analytical science       

The  EWG consists of representatives from the fields of conservation and heritage science to determine the analytical needs of the community. Technical Briefs are written in response to specific needs that have been identified by the Group.


The EWG is made up of representatives from industry and academia. Membership of the Heritage Science Expert Working Group, as of 1 May 2019:


Dr Lucia BurgioVictoria and Albert Museum (Chair)
Ms Abigail BainbridgeWest Dean College
Dr Barry KnightRetired, formerly British Library
Mr Peter MartindaleConservator (Peter Martindale Conservation)
Dr David MillsQueen Mary University of London
Dr Scott Allan OrrUniversity of Oxford
Dr Roger Wood OBE(Secretary)

Technical Briefs