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AHRC Science and Heritage Director awarded the 2012 Plowden Medal

Date: 06/06/2012

Professor May Cassar, Programme Director of the UK Science and Heritage Research Programme, has been awarded the Royal Warrant Holder Association's 2012 Plowden Medal in recognition of her enduring commitment to improving the professional standing of heritage conservation practice nationally and internationally. The medal was presented at the Royal Warrant Holders Association Lunch in London on 6 June 2012.

Jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the UK Science and Heritage Programme was established in 2007, in order to take forward recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Science and Heritage. The Programme draws on a range of disciplinary expertise and resources in order to transform the ways in which changes to our cultural heritage and its conservation are understood. The programme is led by Programme Director, Professor May Cassar of UCL. Professor Cassar leads on the programmes development, external coordination and outreach as well as on extensive networking with the national and international research community including non-academic sectors.

The Plowden Medal recognises Professor May Cassar's role as an accredited conservator who has helped to establish principles and standards that underpin the work of conservators regardless of their particular area of specialism. Using her combined practical, academic and scientific experience, May has successfully transformed thinking and practice in heritage science research, training and policy.

She is also currently Professor of Sustainable Heritage at University College London, the Director of the UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage.

The gold medal, inaugurated in 1999, is awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association in memory of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE, the leading conservator who was Vice-President of the Association at the time of her death in 1997. The Medal is presented annually to the individual who has made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession. It can also be awarded to recognise a lifetime of commitment and achievement.

AHRC Media contact: 
Jake Gilmore, Communications Manager
Tel: 01793 41 6021
Email: j.gilmore@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Each year the AHRC provides approximately £98 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes hundreds of research awards ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects as well as over 1,100 studentship awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
  • UK Science and Heritage Research Programme: Funded for five years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the Science and Heritage Programme was established in order to take forward recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Science and Heritage. The Programme draws on a range of disciplinary expertise and resources in order to transform the ways in which changes to our cultural heritage and its conservation are understood. One of the aims of the programme is to develop the research community by building capacity and supporting new researchers. The programme is led by Programme Director, Professor May Cassar of UCL. Professor Cassar leads on the programmes development, external coordination and outreach as well as on extensive networking with the national and international research community including non-academic sectors. In addition she is also establishing the base line level of funding across all the research councils and developing a comprehensive map of recent and current research and training activity in heritage science.
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): EPSRC is one of the seven UK Research Councils principally funded through the Government's science budget which is administered by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). EPSRC is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences and invests around £850m a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.

 

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