OxRBL (Oxford Resilient Buildings and Landscapes Lab) are celebrating British Science Week, which runs from 6 – 15th March 2020, with a series of five new blogs.
Members of OxRBL at Portland Castle conducting a non-invasive ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey, a technique that is useful for mapping buried structures and approximating their depth.
Each blog post will look at who OxRBL are, what they do, and the challenges they face in using science to conserve heritage.
Heritage is a broad term – it is used to define anything that we value beyond everyday use and want to pass on to future generations. It could be something natural, such as a plant or animal, or it could be something cultural such as a building or object.
Conserving our heritage is a challenge, because it can face so many different threats. Aside from natural decay, there are many other factors that can have an impact on heritage including climate change, war or economic changes.
OxRBL are working to conserve heritage for future generations through their research and outreach activities, which include looking at the connection between culture, climate change and heritage conservation, developing scientific methods for diagnosing and monitoring change in heritage, developing innovative new conservation techniques, and linking biodiversity with heritage conservation.