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Icon announces shortlist for 2015 Conservation Awards

The Institute of Conservation has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Icon Conservation Awards, which has this year attracted a “huge increase in entries”.

Some of the highest-profile conservation projects in the world have been shortlisted, including work at the Tate, Imperial War Museum and Sissinghurst Castle.

Icon Chief Executive Alison Richmond said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the huge increase in entries this year, and thrilled about the range and calibre of those entries.”

She added: “The screening panels had a hugely difficult task putting the shortlists together from a strong group of applications but we have a final list that reflects the diversity of the many wonderful conservation projects being undertaken by skilled professional conservators and dedicated volunteers throughout the UK.”

Sponsored by Beko, the Icon Conservation Awards recognise the highest standards of conservation, research and collections care within the UK art and heritage sectors.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 22 October 2015 at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, London.

Find out more about the Conservation Awards.

The shortlist in full:

The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation
Recognising excellence in conserving an individual or collection of cultural heritage objects in the UK

Wrest Park Collections Store – Amber Xavier Rowe, English Heritage

Conservation of The Great Parchment Book – Caroline De Stefani, London Metropolitan Archives

Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Programme: Stage 1 – Pieta Greaves, Birmingham Museums

The Swiss Garden Restoration Project – Russel Turner, Eura Conservation, Simon Swan Associates, and Crick Smith, University of Lincoln

The Icon Award for Conservation in the Community
Recognising the excellence achieved by volunteers working with conservators

Conservation Club – led by Derek Brain, Birmingham Museums Trust

Resurrecting the Coffin Works: Sharing Skills, Building a Legacy – led by Deborah Magnoler and Dawn Holland, Birmingham Conservation Trust

Sissinghurst Castle Library Book Conservation Project – led by Caroline Bendix and Vicky McBrien

Skeleton Crew – led by Natalie Jones, Vicky Singleton and Neil Smith, Museum of Zoology Cambridge

The Pilgrim Trust Student Conservator of the Year Award
Recognising the accomplishments of a student conservator in conservation

Abigail Moore, Durham University – Museum of London Handbag Collection: Condition Survey and Identification of Plastic Components

Francoise Collanges, West Dean College – Conservation of an Early Electric Master Clock: Making a Copy as a Conservation Tool

Gemma McBader, Cardiff University – The Investigation and Conservation of a 19th Century Ethiopian Emperor’s Shield

Charlotte Gamper, University of Glasgow – Viscose Rayon: An Absorbing Problem

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for the Conservation of an Industrial Heritage Artefact
Recognising excellence in conservation of operational or static examples of engineering

Crosslé Mark III Motor Racing Car – Crosslé Car Company

Grand Fountain Restoration, Paisley – Renfrewshire Council, Historic Scotland, Lost Art and Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for Volunteering in the Conservation of an Industrial Heritage Artefact
Recognising excellence in engineering conservation of an artefact or collection for a project that has significant volunteer engagement

Steam Pinnace 199 – Group 199 (Volunteers at the National Museum of the Royal Navy)

EDSAC Replica – EDSAC Replica Project

The Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation
Recognising achievements in conservation research and development

The Magna Carta Project – The British Library

IWM and the War Against Dust: Space vacuums, air bazookas and duster drones – Imperial War Museum

The Rothko Conservation Project – Tate

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