Heat transfer in ancient masonry

Within this specialism research into the action of heat on brick-built structures of archaeological or historical significance is undertaken. this research is both fundamental and applied in nature.

RHX dating can contribute to the archaeological study into all periods of human past across the globe. The scope of this work has implications on future conservation practice and can inform future heritage policy making.

Research focus

There is ongoing research into the following specific applications:

  • thermographic surveys, predominantly to compare temperatures on north and south facing walls of standing historic buildings.
  • industrial archaeology, particularly 12th century onwards to the Industrial Revolution.
  • investigations into the effects of repeated exposure to high temperatures, with specific application to in kiln structures.


English Heritage exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that the country's past is researched and understood. Since the publication of our first dating results in 2009 English Heritage have been valued collaborators.


Academic Staff: Dr Moira Wilson,  Dr Sarah-Jane Clelland

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.

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