Portsmouth Heritage Week Conservation Science

  • 13 September 2022
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • University of Portsmouth, Room 1.09, Eldon Building - West Wing, Middle Street, Portsmouth, PO5 4BW
  • FREE
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Celebrate Heritage Week 2022 with our series of talks showcasing the latest in heritage research from the University of Portsmouth

Theme: Conservation Science

In today’s talk, Dr Garry Scarlett will be outlining biological research and heritage at Portsmouth.

In recent years ancient DNA (aDNA) has become a powerful tool in archaeological study

Garry will outline several projects currently underway in the scientific heritage strand of the University of Portsmouth. Following this talk, guests will have the chance to look at posters and chat with the researchers involved in these pioneering projects.


12:00 - Light Buffet Lunch

12:30 - Talk on Conservation Science by Dr Garry Scarlett

13:30 - Q& A with the speaker, poster exhibition and networking with researchers

Date: Tueday13 September

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Room 1.09, Eldon Building, West Entrance via Middle Street

If you have any questions about this event, please contact ris@port.ac.uk

About the Speaker

Dr Garry Scarlett is the Associate Head (Academic) of the School of Biological Sciences and leads The Garry Scarlett Lab at the University of Portsmouth. One of the Lab’s current areas of study is ancient DNA (aDNA).

There are several inherent problems with aDNA, caused by the fragmentation and damage of the DNA over time. Given the low yields of recovered material, contamination is a major issue meaning work has to be undertaken in specialist positive pressure clean facilities. Fortunately, these facilities are available within the department.

Click here to view Garry's research profile.


Heritage Week 2022 is an opportunity for academics and the wider public to discover the latest in heritage research from the University of Portsmouth.

This year, the week is built around the key themes of Valuing Heritage, Conservation Science, Community Heritage, Oral Histories, and Heritage Digital, drawn from the expertise available at Portsmouth.

Each day we will be exploring a different theme and looking at how our research and expertise can be of benefit to the community of Portsmouth and beyond.

All sessions will be delivered both in person and virtually, via Zoom. You can view the full programme of events on our Eventbrite Collection Page.

Don’t forget to book for our closing event; a roundtable discussion on the Future of Heritage in Portsmouth, involving academics and representatives from the Portsmouth community!


The University of Portsmouth Heritage Hub supports the development of interdisciplinary links across the University, to encourage and develop heritage-based activities.

The Heritage Hub will provide greater visibility, focus, and structure to the University’s role in forging heritage networks, projects, and interdisciplinary capacity within the University and throughout the community.

The Heritage Hub will establish a supportive infrastructure to nurture its members and cascade opportunities to them. It will also act as a forum to enable pubic engagement in Portsmouth.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact ris@port.ac.uk

Accessibility and special requirements

We will endeavour to provide particular access requirements on request. If you have any access requirements, e.g wheelchair access and hearing loops, please get in touch in advance of the event.

How to get here

Find out how to get here by checking our maps and directions.


Parking in Portsmouth is extremely limited, we encourage you to use the train, bus, cycle routes, or the city’s Park ‘n’ Ride facility.

Covid Safety

We are following the current University and government guidance for Covid.

As a courtesy to others, please do not attend the event and cancel your booking if you test positive for Covid-19. You may exchange your in-person ticket for a digital one and join the event via Zoom.

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