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Institute of Conservation launch Awards Programme for 2015

28 October 2014

Applications sought for six new major awards, with prize funds up to £10k.

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Institute of Conservation (Icon) is delighted to launch the Conservation Awards 2015 Programme.  At a press event on the Cutty Sark, Icon CEO Alison Richmond alongside architect, broadcaster and conservation enthusiast Maxwell Hutchinson and Cutty Sark Curator Jessica Lewis, announced the call for innovative and inspiring projects that celebrate excellence in the conservation of cultural and industrial heritage.

A new corporate sponsor Beko plc was also announced alongside the Icon family of partners; The Pilgrim Trust, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Anna Plowden Trust.  Six new major awards were revealed with prize funds ranging from £2,500 to £10,000 to be awarded to professionals, volunteers, community projects and organisations for their achievements in the conservation of cultural and industrial heritage in the UK.

From now until the deadline of 15 May 2015, projects from all over the country are invited to submit their entries to the programme, and this year marks an emphasis on celebrating the growing number of projects mobilised and made possible by the efforts of volunteers working with professional conservators.

Alison Richmond, CEO of Icon, Institute of Conservation comments:

“We are incredibly proud of the Icon Conservation Awards. They recognise the people who are working to the highest standards of conservation practice and research.  These conservators, scientists and volunteers are working throughout the UK, in museums, libraries and archives, in historic buildings, and in small practices.  This year, the Awards also acknowledge the incredible work that conservators are doing with volunteers and bring these great projects to the attention of a wider public, inspiring people who might want to get involved in conservation projects in their own communities.”

Winners will be announced in October 2015.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit the new awards website at www.conservationawards.org.uk.

Source: Institute of Conservation, Oct 2014

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