Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to conservation and restoration

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Department of Conservation and Scientific Research 

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Financial support by the Access to Research Infrastructures activity in the 7th Framework Programme of the EU (CHARISMA Grant Agreement no. 228330) is gratefully acknowledged

7th Framework Programme of the EU
  • Access to Research Infrastructures activity in the 7th Framework Programme of the EU

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Scientific research significantly contributes to the conservation of our cultural heritage, exploiting innovative technologies to explore the bulk, microscopic and surface properties of artefacts.

New analytical approaches are allowing scientists and conservators to identify materials and explore production technologies and techniques, while innovative new conservation approaches ensure that objects are preserved for future generations.

The CHARISMA project (2009-2014), funded by the European Union FP 7 Research Infrastructures programme, is a unique consortium of 22 leading European institutions working together to develop and promote best scientific practice for the interdisciplinary study of cultural heritage and to disseminate this knowledge. Through the project the partners offer transnational access to the cultural heritage sector to advanced facilities and are collaborating on a wide variety of research and networking activities.

Project activities

Charisma Project Activities

The British Museum is involved in all three activities within the project.

Transnational Access 
Joint research 

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Technical imaging

Charisma Technical Imaging

British Museum research has focused particularly on the application of technical imaging in the cultural heritage sector.

Research has been undertaken to develop new optimised methodologies for the acquisition and processing of images.

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Project information


  • University of Perugia Centre of Excellence SMAArt Scientific Methodologies applied to Archaeology and Art, Perugia, IT
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Laboratoire du Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, UMR 171, and Laboratoire d’ Optique Atmosphérique, UMR 7639, Paris, FR
  • Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Heraklion, GR
  • The National Gallery London, Scientific Department, London, UK
  • Société Civile Synchrotron SOLEIL, IPANEMA, Gif-sur-Yvette, FR
  • National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” and National Institute of Applied Optics, Firenze, IT
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University Institute of Physics, Toruń, PL
  • Aachen University, Institute Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Aachen, DE
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Nuclear Research, Laboratory of Ion Beam Applications Debrecen, HU
  • Historical Monuments Research Laboratory, Cercle des Partenaires du Patrimoine, Champs-sur-Marne, FR
  • British Museum, London, UK
  • The Doerner Institut, Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich, DE
  • Idryma Ormylia - Art Diagnosis Centre, Ormylia, GR
  • Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Firenze, IT
  • Prado Museum, Madrid, ES
  • Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, NL
  • Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Scientific Department, Brussels, BE
  • APRE - Agency for the Promotion of European Research, Roma, IT
  • National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Lisbon, PT
  • Hungarian Academy of Science, Research Institute of Solid State Physics and Optics, Institute of Isotopes and Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Budapest, HU
  • University of Bologna, Microchemistry and Microscopy Art Diagnostic Laboratory, Ravenna, IT