E-RIHS.dk joined the Danish Roadmap in 2021, becoming the first Scandinavian country to take this step. Over the next five years E-RIHS.dk intends to build upon the collaboration between museums, conservators, archaeologists and research scientists, bringing relevant and excellent innovations to the study and conservation of Danish cultural heritage. 

It will do so by establishing stronger facilities for the analysis of ancient lipids, by building a new collaboration and new facilities between the Globe Institute (Copenhagen University) and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland(GEUS), by enhancing the provision of tools for textile analysis and experimental testing at the new TexLab, Centre for Textile Research (CTR), Saxo Institute, UCPH and by supporting Summer Schools and Winter Workshops to increase communication between practicing archaeologists, conservators and heritage scientists. 


Next Generation Lab (NGL) invites high school students for a one day visit to the Natural History Museum of Denmark to work as and with researchers from University of Copenhagen. During the day, the students will work on original archaeological leather excavated from Danish city centers. They will learn to apply the protein-based method ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) to the leather and identify the species of animal by small differences between species in the protein collagen. The students, with researchers at the university, give back results to the museums and help provide new knowledge of life in Danish medieval cities. Next Generation Lab provides the students with a unique insight into scientific processes and combines high school curriculum, university study paths and questions in cultural heritage.  


Luise Ørsted Brandt

Email: luise.brandt@sund.ku.dk


The Next Generation Lab.

Photos © Statens Naturhistoriske Museum

centre for textile research (CTR)

CTR TexLab is integrated at the Centre for Textile Research (CTR) at SAXO institute, UCPH, and a part of the new research infrastructure E-RIHS.dk. CTR focusses on textile history and archaeology, and aims to set new standards for future textile research. CTR TexLab moves beyond the widespread perception that scientific ‘facts’ are superior to interpretations made in the humanities. Science is broadly perceived as objective, quantifying, falsifiable, empirical, descriptive and factual, aiming at discovery, explanations, and solutions. On the other hand humanities are typically framed as subjective, interpretative, theorizing, speculative, politicizing, aesthetic, aiming at understanding, intervention and at producing problems. With a strong foundation in both disciplines, the CTR TexLab is an interdisciplinary hub for the study of past cloth cultures.Housed in a textile lab with experimental archaeology and imagery set-ups, TexLab rests on the combined expertise of 18 researchers from UCPH, KaDK, DTU, National Museum Denmark, and Museum of Copenhagen, who develop in collaboration research projects and teaching curriculum.


Eva Andersson Strand, head of Centre for Textile Research

Email evaandersson@hum.ku.dk

Elsa Yvanez, project coordinator

Email elsa.yvanez@hum.ku.dk

Signe Vind, project assistant  

Email vind@hum.ku.dk




Photos © CTR

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an independent research and advisory institution under the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, currently employing more than 350 people across four locations in Denmark and Greenland.


GEUS is a geological data center and carries out activities to exploit and protect geological resources in Denmark and Greenland. Primary activities are mapping, compilation and storage of data, research, monitoring and consultancy within water, energy, minerals, climate and environment. This includes research and technology development in relation to administration of legislation.


GEUS offers a broad spectrum of competences and resources of relevance for heritage science, including laboratory facilities for organic geochemical and petrological analysis, core analysis, palynological and mineralogical analysis, and competences within geophysics, mapping, marine operations and more.


Jørgen Bojesen-Koefoed, Chief Consultant in the Department for Reservoir Geology, GEUS

Email: jbk@geus.dk




Photos © GEUS

the Institute oF conservation

The Institute of Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy has focused on heritage science and heritage science infrastructure for quite a number of years. Nationally, in numerous research projects, among others in the Danish research infrastructure CATS, and internationally in EU framework programme research projects. Since 2015 we have been active in the Horizon2020 supported heritage science infrastructures IPERION_CH and IPERION_HS, both leading up to the planned and permanent E-RIHS.eu heritage research infrastructure - E-RIHS.dk is a major leap forward towards this goal.

For us, the benefit could be enhanced national collaboration considering heritage science and conservation, humanities and natural sciences. Furthermore, we hope to be able to participate in making heritage science more widely known, and relevant results be more readily available to the heritage sector in Denmark within the universities as well as in museums, archives, and build heritage, mainly related to the Ministry of Culture in Denmark.


Associate Professor Mikkel Scharff

Email: ms@kglakademi.dk

Royal Danish Academy, Institute of Conservation


Royal Danish Academy, Institute of Conservation

Photos © Royal Danish Academy