Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage


Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage is a research collaborative, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of material culture. Our work connects Yale students, scholars, and collections, catalyzing wide-ranging partnerships that bridge art and science in a unique space for learning, creativity, and innovation.

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Paul Messier, IPCH Chair
March 13, 2020
As the new chair of Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), Paul Messier oversees research at the intersection of science and the humanities....
Bill Brandt / Henry Moore, book cover, Martina Droth and Paul Messier, Yale University Press, 2020
January 30, 2020
Photographer Bill Brandt (1904–1983) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898–1986) first crossed paths during the Second World War, when each produced images of civilians sheltering...
Historic photographic papers from the Lens Media Lab collection
November 15, 2019
Paul Messier made the leap to photography when apprenticing with José Orraca, who was enlisted by Georgia O’Keeffe to preserve Alfred Stieglitz’s prints when photographic...
Moonlight, ca. 1888. Ralph Albert Blakelock, (American, 1847–1919),  Oil on canvas, 36 3/16 x 29 3/16 in. (91.92 x 74.14 cm), Gift from the Collection of Alice M. Kaplan through her daughter Joan K. Davidson, 2017.62.1
October 23, 2019
The Times’ Preserving the Past for Museum Visitors of the Future features research of the IPCH Technical Studies Lab that discovered a painting beneath a painting –...