Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

NEW for 2017-18!  

Courses in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies is situated at the intersection of arts and sciences, with the intention of deploying multiple disciplines to preserve, protect, and study the works of the past, and with a design to prepare and protect them for the future. It is concerned with both decoding art and artifacts to enable students and scholars across disciplines to interpret origins and histories through multiple techniques, tools, and research and also with understanding and managing changing materials, including the causes of deterioration of cultural heritage and the identification of effective treatment for preservation. Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies crosses many disciplinary fields, including but not limited to archaeology, history of art, architecture, materials science, conservation studies, engineering, computer science, and chemistry.

The extraordinary collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, along with the cutting-edge research facilities of the Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale’s West Campus, offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to engage with the many dimensions of cultural heritage and its preservation. Although there is currently no certificate or official program offered for heritage and preservation studies, there are many courses through students can engage in the 2017-2018 academic year. The listing here is by no means comprehensive. For further information, students should contact the Senior Director of the IPCH, Mary Miller (, Sterling Professor of the History of Art.

 2017-2018 Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Courses


Rarely occurring side by side in an academic setting, cultural heritage and molecular biophysics are the focus of a groundbreaking course at Yale thanks to fearless students...
Students from historically black colleges participated in a week-long program at Yale this summer to learn about career opportunities in conservation of cultural heritage.
Preparations for the first retrospective exhibition of photography by Clarence Hudson White (1871–1925) has inspired an unexpected collaboration between students at Princeton...