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Young conservator

07 December 2010

Young Conservator

A Cardiff graduate has been recognised for his contribution to research into the conservation of our cultural heritage.

Simon Lambert, a former MSc student in the School of History and Archaeology has been shortlisted by the Institute of Conservation (ICON) in the category Student Conservator of the Year.

The Student Conservator of the Year Award is given to an exceptional project completed by a student during their training, illustrating best standard in conservation, collections care or research and innovation.

As part of his course, Simon examined the carbon footprint of museum loans. He won an award from the School for his dissertation which introduced a new calculation methodology and performance indicator designed to encourage museums to begin using carbon footprints to manage their impact on climate change.

Simon said: "What’s encouraging is that ‘greener’ loans and exhibitions do not necessarily mean downsizing; it is possible to make these activities more efficient and keep up with the current trend of increasing access to collections for public enjoyment."

His supervisor for the MSc in Collections Care, Jane Henderson added: "This project puts conservation concerns within a wider environmental social and economical context. It challenges us to reflect and improve on our practice without jeopardising standards."

The Conservation Awards celebrate the highest standards of conservation skills, innovation and research, collections care and digital preservation within the arts and heritage industry in the UK. Since 2005, the Awards have been generously supported by Sir Paul McCartney.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institution on December 1 2010.

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