Yale continues to honor the commitment Yale University has made to the Arts and Humanities. When purchased in 2007, West Campus offered unlimited opportunities to the University administration because of its size; it allowed the University to store its prized collections together in one space, the Collection Studies Center, which included collections from the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and University Library (Beineke Library).
This unprecedented opportunity allowed the University to then explore more advanced initiatives in preservation and through a transformational gift given to the University in 2011, found the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH). Inside the 400,000-square-foot Yale Collection Studies Center, researchers from the University’s libraries and museums are using sophisticated technologies to preserve Yale’s vast art, cultural heritage, and natural history collections, while also advancing conservation science and the preservation of digital heritage. The founding of the Institute was a multidisciplinary approach to address issues facing conservation through a steady interaction with other disciplines, such as the humanities, science, and engineering.