Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Welcome to the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH). We are dedicated to the conservation and research of Yale’s diverse art and natural history collections, from early photographs to Early Italian paintings, from illuminated manuscripts to Indo-Pacific textiles, from natural history dioramas to outdoor sculpture. The scientific research labs of the Center perform both object- and materials- based research. The former involves the examination and analysis of objects for evidence of their manufacture and life history while the latter deals with fundamental studies of degradation and developing practical strategies for preventing and repairing damage to artifacts. Creation of the custom designed conservation treatment facilities will be completed in the Fall of 2014 and will help meet the expanding needs of Yale’s cultural and natural history collections. The multidisciplinary nature of the Institute emphasizes collaboration with various University departments and units, as well as with IPCH’s other organization, the Yale Digital Collections Center (YDC2). The Center’s mission incorporates teaching and training at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels as well as public outreach.