Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), established by a transformational gift from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin ’78, is dedicated to advance the field of heritage science by improving the science and practice of conservation in a sustainable manner. At the crossroads between science and art, the Institute is home to state-of-the-art conservation studios, laboratories and a digital heritage group. Led by Inaugural Director Stefan Simon it engages in cutting-edge research and teaching in a multidisciplinary setting and closely works with Yale’s collections and academic programs.  While studying the decay and change of movable and immovable heritage over time, the Institute’s research focuses on contributions to safeguard cultural heritage in a sustainable manner, both on a global and local scale, to preserve it for future generations.  Among the priorities of the Institute’ s groups and labs are “green” and preventive conservation, materials aging diagnostics, technical and technological studies on cultural artifacts, physico-mechanical and non-destructive testing in the built heritage field, sustainable preservation strategies.  Conservation interventions and treatments are taking place in the IPCH  conservation studios, which are a shared facility in service of Yale’s vast collections and museums as well as the Institute’s Digital Heritage Group which is engaging in service and research on digital recording, preservation and access.

Faculty Advisory Committee:
  • Stefan Simon, Director
  • Michelle Addington (School of Architecture and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)
  • Tamar Gendler (Philosophy and Psychology)
  • Susan Gibbons (University Librarian)
  • Steven Girvin (Applied Physics)
  • Amy Meyers (Center for British Art)
  • Mary E. Miller (School of Art)
  • Mark Pagani (Geology and Geophysics)
  • Richard O. Prum (Peabody Museum and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
  • Jock Reynolds (University Art Gallery)
  • Holly Rushmeier (Computer Science)
  • David Skelly (Peabody Museum, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
  • Scott Strobel (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
  • T. Kyle Vanderlick (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)