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30 October 2015

The Staffordshire Hoard team wins Icon Award

Icon Awards logoIt’s been a brilliant week for the Staffordshire hoard team, as we picked up the prestigious Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation at the 2015 Icon Conservation Awards. The award recognises excellence and efforts in conserving an individual or collection of cultural heritage objects in the UK, we are most excited to have received it.

Having travelled to London in July for project interviews, it’s been a nervous wait for the final announcement of the award.  We had some stiff competition with the shortlist representing the best of conservation, the other worthy nominees were

  • Wrest Park Collections Store – Amber Xavier-Rowe, English Heritage

  • Conservation of The Great Parchment Book – Caroline De Stefani, London Metropolitan Archives

  • The Swiss Garden Restoration Project -Russell Turner, Eura Conservation, Simon Swann Associates, and Crick Smith, University of Lincoln

The project, which was described by judges in the annual awards as “the poster project of the sector” received praised for its public engagement, which has raised the profile of conservation, “making the public say ‘wow’ about conservation”.

Icon Awards 2015. Simon Cane, Kayleigh Fuller, Deborah Cane and Georgina Nayler (Pilgrims Trust).

The award ceremony at Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Westminster, was attended by team members, Deborah Cane, Simon Cane (now UCL Director of Public and Cultural Engagement) and Kayleigh Fuller. Deborah has said “being nominated for the Icon awards was very exciting but hearing the project announced as the winner and as the poster project for conservation was amazing.

Accepting the award on behalf of the conservation team was an experience I will never forget, the support and recognition in the room and from the profession for the work the team has done to raise the profile of conservation as a profession as well as this amazing archaeological find was uplifting.

Being able to thank the profession and sector for their support, Historic England, National Geographic and others funders for their financial support, the wider museum teams for all their ongoing support and enthusiasm for the project and most importantly the public without their enthusiasm for the heritage of the Midlands and the UK we would not have had the drive to keep up the high levels of public programme work”

Kayleigh said “The conservation awards ceremony was a wonderful evening to be part of and a great opportunity to network. It was a great opportunity to hear more about each of the projects that had so carefully been shortlisted as representatives of the sector throughout the award ceremony. When Tim announced the Staffordshire Hoard Project as the winner of the Pilgrim Trust award for Conservation, Deborah’s face lit up with glee, I don’t think the team honestly expected the honour. To win the award for the project’s conservation professionalism, and be labelled as the poster project of the sector is a great mark of respect to all those who have been part of the Staffordshire Hoard’s journey over the last 6 years”

The Hoard team posing in the Staffordshire Hoard gallery at BMAG with the Icon award.

So from all of the team a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over these years, came to our talks or events, helped us with our fundraising, your help is greatly appreciated and we would not have done it without you.

Pieta Greaves on behalf of the Hoard team.

Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Coordinator