Science and Heritage Programme
The Science and Heritage Programme has been established in order to take forward recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Science and Heritage. The Programme will draw 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 will be to develop the research community by building capacity and supporting new researchers.
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Science and Heritage Programme Director awarded prestigious Plowden Medal
Inaugurated in 1999, the Plowden 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. The Royal Warrant Holders Association awards the medal 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 award was given to Professor Cassar in recognition of
her ‘enduring commitment to improving the professional standing of
heritage conservation practice nationally and internationally.’ Read more here.
Professor Bernie Smith
The Science and Heritage Programme is saddened to report the death of Professor Bernie Smith, former UNESCO World Heritage advisor, Professor of Tropical Geomorphology at Queen's University Belfast, and co-investigator on the Transformation
and Resilience of our Landscapes, Archaeology and Built Heritage:
Defining Responses to Societal and Environmental Pressures Research Cluster. Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Obituary by Patricia Warke here.
House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Science and Heritage follow up
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has decided to undertake a short follow-up to its 2006 report entitled Science and Heritage, 9th report of session 2005-06 (HL Paper 256) and has requested submissions of updates, from the perspective of practitioners and institutions, of developments since the publication of the Committee’s original report. Submissions should be delivered by Tuesday January 31st 2012 and should be no longer than six pages in length. Full story here.
Images - top: Non-contact 3D laser scanning of a marble statue of Athena. (c) Dr Martin Cooper, National Museums Liverpool. Bottom from left to right: Attendees at the joint Science and Heritage Programme/STFC Art of Hard Science event at Daresbury Laboratory. (c) Daresbury Laboratory/STFC. Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire. (c) Dr Matija Strlic, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL. Ann Fenech (left) and Ana Martins (right; Museum of Modern Art, New York) working on a non-destructive method for dating photographic materials using Near infrared Spectroscopy. (c) Dr Matija Strlic, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL