About IPCH

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), established by a transformational gift from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin (Yale College ’78), is dedicated to advancing the sustainable care, study, and use of the world’s cultural heritage through multidisciplinary research, innovation in technology and conservation practice, education, and advocacy.  At the crossroads of technology, the Institute is home to state-of-the-art conservation studios, research laboratories, and a digital heritage program.  

The Institute is located on Yale’s West Campus in West Haven, Connecticut, and is comprised of five state-of-the-art laboratories.

The Aging Diagnostics Lab (ADL) studies the causes of chemical and physical degradation in art objects and aims to develop novel analytical techniques that can measure and monitor aging and changes as a function of time and environmental conditions. The laboratory is headed by Dr. Paul Whitmore.

The Lens Media Lab (LML) focuses on the preservation and characterization of photographic materials with an emphasis on creating and interpreting large datasets gleaned from reference, archival, and museum collections. The laboratory is headed by Paul Messier.

The Technical Studies Lab (TSL) conducts objects-based and technological research, which involves the examination and analysis of objects for evidence of their manufacture, attribution to specific maker(s) and life history. The laboratory is headed by Dr. Anikó Bezur.

The IPCH Digitization Lab provides expertise and facilities for the creation, management, preservation, and accessibility of digital cultural heritage on Yale’s campus and beyond. The laboratory is managed by is managed by Digital Imaging Specialist Chelsea Graham.

The IPCH Conservation Lab, a state-of-the-art conservation space shared by all collections at Yale, is designed to accept a wide range of projects as well as large scale objects for investigation and treatment. The laboratory is guided by a steering committee and currently chaired Mark Aronson.