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 advancing the field of heritage science while also improving the science and practice of art conservation. Existing at the crossroads between technology and the humanities, the Institute is home to state-of-the-art conservation studios, research laboratories, and a digital heritage department. Led by Inaugural Director Stefan Simon, IPCH engages in cutting-edge research and teaching in a multidisciplinary setting as well as works closely with Yale’s collections and academic programs.
The focus areas of the Institute’s scientific groups and laboratories include “green” and preventive conservation, materials aging diagnostics, technical and technological studies of cultural artifacts, physico-mechanical and non-destructive testing of built heritage, and development of sustainable preservation strategies that include energy-efficiency and risk management. Conservation interventions and treatments take place in the IPCH conservation studio, which is a shared facility in service of Yale’s vast collections and museums, and in the Institute’s Digitization Lab, which is engaged in both the service and research of digital recordings, preservation, and access.