Nottingham Trent University's ISAAC Research Centre specialises in developing cutting edge, mobile, non-invasive and non-destructive imaging, spectroscopy and remote sensing systems tailored for cultural heritage applications.
These systems, along with a range of complementary state-of-the-art commercial instruments, are used both in our ISAAC Mobile Lab (MOLAB) for in situ analysis of cultural assets at museums and heritage sites, and as a FIXLAB facility at our premises. Along with the novel data science methods of the ISAAC DigiLab, the instruments are applied to solving conservation, art history, archaeology and other arts and humanities research questions.
The ISAAC Research Centre provides Mobile Lab and DigiLab access to all Heritage Institutions, including museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, and archaeological and historic sites, where the mobile and long-range equipment can safely assess the objects and monuments 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.