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Young Conservator recognised

24 November 2010

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 was named Student Conservator of the Year in the Institute of Conservation’s (ICON) annual Conservation Awards.

The 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.

In naming Simon as the winner of the category, ICON described his research as ‘an innovative and extensive piece of work with wide benefits, an interdisciplinary project that will engage others outside the conservation community.’

“What’s encouraging,” says Simon, “is that ‘greener’ loans and exhibitions does 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 commented ‘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 also been generously supported by Sir Paul McCartney.

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