Nottingham Trent University's ISAAC Research Centre specialises in developing portable, non-invasive and non-destructive optical imaging, remote sensing systems and spectroscopy instruments for use in our ISAAC Mobile Lab.
These systems, along with the robust data science methods of the ISAAC DigiLab, are applied to solving conservation, art history and archaeology materials research questions for museums and cultural heritage institutions.
We provide our Mobile Lab and DigiLab services to all Heritage Institutions, including museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, and archaeological and historic sites, where our mobile and long-range equipment can safely assess deposits in situ and at a distance, without the need for scaffolding.
The ISAAC Mobile Lab provides unique in-house developed cutting-edge mobile imaging and spectroscopy instruments (funded by UK Research Council grants), along with state-of-the-art commercial and bespoke instruments for in situ analysis in art conservation, history and archaeology.
The Mobile Lab service is available for use by all heritage research institutions and is supported by our own expertise in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and heritage.
The ISAAC DigiLab provides spectral imaging data processing such as automated clustering for large data sets. Our user-friendly GUISI visualisation tool will be provided to the user for viewing the results.
The ISAAC DigiLab can be used in conjunction with the ISAAC Mobile Lab facilities for data capture, or for analysis of data which are captured "in-house" by institutions which have their own analysis equipment and expertise.
A mobile remote standoff Raman spectroscopy system operational at typical distances of 10 m was developed specifically for research of historical sites and wall paintings recently. Here we present an upgrade to that system informed by a thorough experimental investigation of the relevant laser-induced degradation issues.