About E-RIHS

E-RIHS stands for European Research Infrastructure Heritage Science. E-RIHS offers the European community of heritage researchers an (inter)national network in which partners give each other access to expertise, research facilities and data. E-RIHS offers (financial) support to (natural) scientific research and interdisciplinary collaborative projects that can strengthen the infrastructure.

What is Heritage Science?
Within E-RIHS we use the following Dutch definition of Heritage Science:
Heritage Science is an interdisciplinary field of research that deals with cultural or natural heritage, drawing from different subfields of the humanities, sciences and engineering. It aims to improve understanding, care and sustainable use of heritage so that it can enrich people's lives now and in the future.

International community
To preserve and make cultural heritage accessible to future generations in a sustainable way, a large number of universities, government agencies, museums and archives are working together to create an infrastructure with a clear identity. E-RIHS was created to give the international community of heritage researchers access to the infrastructure of international laboratory facilities, research data, and the network of knowledge and expertise. The European E-RIHS consortium (www.E-RIHS.eu) includes several national consortia in formation, including E-RIHS Netherlands.

As coordinator of E-RIHS.nl, the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency is committed to establishing a Dutch consortium in 2024. To this national hub, partners can join the network of different heritage domains to promote integration in scientific research on heritage.

The goal of E-RIHS.nl is to make scientific methods, research facilities, expertise and data from movable heritage, monuments and archaeology more accessible, both on a national and European level. The heritage field is fragmented and synergy can be achieved by (better) sharing information. E-RIHS.nl is the platform for this. The collaboration can at the same time be an engine to formulate research questions from a shared vision and create opportunities for (inter)national collaborative projects.

Heritage objects
Heritage objects are material testimonies of the past, which can be made accessible by means of innovative analytical methods and techniques. This is usually done in combination with other research methods such as art, cultural and architectural history, archival research and oral history.

Research tools
Within E-RIHS.co.uk, research on material heritage objects is central, with an emphasis on the natural sciences, technical sciences and source research. E-RIHS.nl uses four tools that lay the foundation for knowledge development and exchange:

- FIXLAB (access to existing natural science research facilities).
- MOLAB (deployment of a mobile laboratory with a number of research facilities).
- ARCHLAB (access to archives and libraries of participating institutions).
- DIGILAB (unlocking and linking different types of research data and reference collections).

Would you like to be kept informed about the development of E-RIHS.nl or participate in partner meetings of the network? Let us know via the contact page.