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Science and Heritage Programme Director Awarded 2012 Plowden Medal

20 June 2012

Professor May Cassar ACR FIIC FRSA FSA has been awarded the 2012 Plowden Medal.

Cassar Plowden 2012


The medal was presented to Professor Cassar by HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the Association’s annual luncheon on 6 June.

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.’ The citation continues: ‘Using her combined practical, scientific and academic experience, Professor Cassar has successfully transformed thinking and practice in heritage science research, training and policy... There are few professionals working in conservation today who have not been influenced by Professor Cassar’s work and her generosity of spirit. May undoubtedly exemplifies all the ideals that Anna Plowden was so passionate about, never compromising on quality or standards.’

Cassar Plowden Medal

May is currently Professor of Sustainable Heritage at University College London and the Director of both the UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage and the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme.

The Royal Warrant Holders’ press release can be found here

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