The ISAAC mobile laboratory gives access to unique in-house developed instruments and a range of complementary commercial techniques for in-situ analysis.

Our team specialises in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and heritage, from instrument development to data science and interpretation of results for heritage applications.


ISAAC Mobile Laboratory for global access – unique mobile instruments & complementary techniques for in situ imaging & sensing

ISAAC mobile lab has been involved in several projects related to the analysis of a range of cultural heritage objects, from manuscripts and various types of paintings to vitreous objects and rock art.

We have conducted research in collaboration with conservation scientists, conservators, archaeologists, archaeological scientists and art historians and curators from heritage organisations around the world:

The British Museum (London, United Kingdom)

The National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

The Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom)

English Heritage (United Kingdom)

Historic England (United Kingdom)

National Trust (United Kingdom)

Science Museum (London, United Kingdom)

Nottingham Castle Museum (Nottingham, United Kingdom)

Birmingham Museum and Gallery (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Royal Horticultural Society (London, United Kingdom)

Historic Royal Palaces (United Kingdom)

Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Peterborough Cathedral (Peterborough, United Kingdom)

National Museum of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)

Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France- C2RMF (Paris, France)

National Museum of China (Beijing, China)

Shaan Xi History Museum (Xi'an, China)

Dunhuang Academy (Dunhuang, China)

Getty Conservation Institution (Los Angeles, USA)

Brooklyn Museum (New York, USA)

Museum of International Folk Art- MOIFA(Santa Fe, USA)

Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, Switzerland)

University of Canterbury (Canterbury, New Zeeland)


ISAAC Mobile Laboratory for global access – locations visited by ISAAC mobile lab

Access to the ISAAC mobile lab is provided at a non-profit basis to charities and public organisations. Applications are welcome from national and internationals organisations. 

Please email the ISAAC team to discuss the technical feasibility and for suggestions about instruments and techniques to apply. 

ISAAC Lab is the UK lab contributing to mobile lab (MOLAB) provision in the European Research Infrastructure Project IPERION HS.