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Conservation Awards

From: Susan Hughes <consawards<-a>
Date: Monday, July 18, 2005
The Conservation Awards 2005
Student and Anna Plowden Award shortlists

Shortlisted entries for two of this year's Conservation Awards have
been announced--the Student Conservator of the Year Award and the
Anna Plowden Award. This follows the 9 May, 2005 announcement of
shortlists for the Award for Conservation and the Care of
Collections Award. The Conservation Awards, backed by Sir Paul
McCartney, are the UK's leading awards for preservation of cultural

The Student Conservator of the Year Award 2005 (UKP10,000, split
between the winning student and the training body) This Award draws
attention to the achievements of students and the high standards of
UK conservation courses. Shortlisted for this Award are:

    Historical iron: stabilisation and appearance

        MA Conservation student Emma Schmuecker researched iron
        objects held in social history collections and assessed the
        effectiveness of  traditional conservation treatments, while
        also exploring public attitudes to the appearance of iron
        objects in museums. (RCA/V&A Conservation and the Museum of

    Conservation of contemporary art objects

        Focusing on the work of hyper-realist artist Ron Mueck,
        Katey-Mary Twitchett examined the effects of ageing on the
        appearance of modern materials used in his sculptures, while
        studying for a Conservation Master's degree. (Northumbria

    Conservation of the Robin Goch

        Teresa Williams, a BA Conservation student who formerly
        worked for the American Air Force, conserved a home-built
        monoplane dating from 1908. It is now ready to be displayed
        in the new Waterfront Museum in Swansea when it opens in the
        autumn. (City and Guilds of London Art School)

Anna Plowden Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation 2005

This Award is for the best completed programme of research or
development aimed at furthering the practice of conservation. The
three shortlisted projects are:

 Monitoring damage to historic tapestries (MODHT)

    This collaborative project involving seven partners across
    Europe aimed to improve the care and protection of historic
    tapestries by developing methods of predicting their future
    conservation needs. Using state-of-the-art analytical
    techniques, the team studied the damaging effects of ageing in
    woven tapestries and applied their methods to the analysis of
    samples from Europe's finest tapestries. (The MODHT team)

Aesthetic protection for stained glass windows

    Stained glass windows often require environmental protection in
    the form of either plastic or glass, but this can spoil the
    appearance of a building through glare and reflection. New
    research by Mark Bambrough replicates the actual appearance of
    the stained glass within its own protection and provides an
    effective alternative to the standard treatments. (Mark

    The Pigment Compendium

        The Pigment Compendium consists of two comprehensive books
        on historical pigments, with an associated CD-ROM, targeted
        at all those with an interest in historical pigments, such
        as art historians, archaeologists, forensic scientists and
        geologists. Compiled by a team of experts, the Compendium
        gives wide access to a huge body of research. (Valentine
        Walsh, Nicholas Eastaugh, Tracey Chaplin and Ruth Siddall)

The Anna Plowden Trust entries will be judged by the Trustees over
the coming weeks.

Projects shortlisted for the Digital Preservation Award 2005 have
also been announced. See

The winners of the Conservation Awards will be announced at the
British Museum on 22 November 2005.

The Conservation Awards are supported by Sir Paul McCartney and
managed in partnership by key organisations in conservation and
restoration: the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the
UK Institute for Conservation (UKIC), English Heritage, the
Institute of Paper Conservation (IPC) and the National Preservation
Office. UKIC and IPC are now merging with other organisations into a
new larger professional body for conservation of the cultural
heritage, the Institute of Conservation
(<URL:>). The Digital
Preservation Coalition and the Anna Plowden Trust sponsor the awards
in their names.

For more information see <URL:>,
which includes links to the supporting partners.


    Susan Hughes
    Administrator, Conservation Awards
    +44 207 326 0995
    admin<-a t->consawards< . >ukic< . >org< . >uk

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