OxRBL have a dedicated test wall site located in Wytham Woods, approximately 5 miles from central Oxford. The site contains several purpose-built limestone test walls, as well as a suite of limestone monoliths, and an automatic weather station (with adjunct soil moisture and temperature monitoring equipment).
We have several ongoing projects based at Wytham:
- Testing the role of soft wall capping in the conservation of ruined monuments (Phase 3)
- Climate change, moisture régimes and decay of stone monoliths in Southern England
- Ivy on walls: good or bad? (Phase 2)
- The role of soil as a method for conserving cultural stone ruins: effects of physical and chemical characteristics on stone weathering.
The Wytham Woods test wall site is managed by Hong Zhang.