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Conservation and preservation

20 March 2010

The conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage is the subject of a major conference to be held at Cardiff University.

The UK Institute for Conservation (ICON) is holding its first ever conference at Cardiff, supported by the University’s School of History and Archaeology.

Conservation in Focus 2010 will bring together leading conservators and curators who care for collections in museums, galleries and historic houses around the world.

More than 380 delegates and trade fare representatives will descend on Cardiff and will address issues such as the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the sector as well as evidence-based decision making in conservation.

Jane Henderson, School of History and Archaeology said: "We are delighted that ICON has recognised Cardiff as a centre of excellence in conservation by holding the conference here. ICON is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. We look forward to hosting delegates – who range from conservators to students to heritage scientists - and highlighting the latest cutting-edge developments and thinking in the field."

ICON aims to advance knowledge and education in conservation and achieve the long term preservation and conservation of cultural heritage. It does this by providing guidance, advocacy, training and education opportunities and by uniting the conservation profession and the wider heritage community.

The conference takes place between the 24 and 26 March 2010 at the University. Delegates will attend a reception to be held at Cardiff Castle on the evening of the 25 March. "We chose Cardiff Castle as a reception venue because it is a real treasure in the city," said Jane. "Much conservation work has been done on the castle’s Burgess interior’s and in many ways it represents a lot of the areas the conference will cover."

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales will also host a reception on the 24 March attended by Alun Ffred Jones Welsh Assembly Minister for Heritage. Running alongside the conference will be tours, including a trip to the newly established Glamorgan Archives in the Leckwith area of the city.

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Notes to editors:

1. Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
The School of History and Archaeology carries out teaching and research in four main areas: History and Welsh History; Ancient History; Archaeology; and Archaeology Conservation.

History and Welsh History offers a broad survey of the main aspects from the medieval period to the twentieth century. Areas of expertise include: Medieval England, the Crusades, military religious orders; early modern England and Wales; early modern Spain; and modern Indian historiography and gender history. The broad area of Europe and the British Empire in the Twentieth Century encompasses such research themes as: modern Germany; biological racism and ethics; the Right in France; and the Wilson era in British politics. Areas of expertise in Welsh history include early modern Wales; the gentry; industrialisation; popular culture and Welsh emigration/dispersal (with particular reference to North America)

Ancient History focuses on the social and economic history of the ancient world, with particular emphasis on: warrior elites; warfare and the formation; organisation and social effects of armies; violence and its control inside ancient societies; issues of identity, especially gender history and ethnicity; and slavery and other systems of labour and land exploitation.

Archaeology offers expertise in two main areas: the archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean 5000BC-1000AD; and studies in ancient technology and the analysis of materials and conservation science.

The Archaeology Conservation degree scheme offered by the School is one of only two such undergraduate courses in Britain. It attracts conservation commissions from throughout the UK, giving students valuable hands-on experience. The teaching of Ancient History and Archaeology was assessed as "Excellent" in the recent national assessment of teaching quality in UK universities.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

3. For further information

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074