England: Conservation Awards

The National Conservation Awards, backed by Sir Paul McCartney, are the UK's leading awards for the preservation of cultural heritage. The shortlists are the most wide-ranging to date and include exceptionally impressive projects.

Award for Conservation (Beispiele 2005)

This Award celebrates excellence in completed conservation or restoration projects in museums, galleries, historic buildings, libraries and archives. Shortlisted for this Award are:

Award for Care of Collections (Beispiele 2005)

This year, a new Care of Collections award is to be presented in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Awards. The award focuses on projects which improve the conditions in which our heritage collections are housed. Shortlisted projects are:

Preservation of Images of Rural Life: This project has re-housed 130,000 agricultural glass plate negatives, a unique record of farming life over the last century created by the Farmer & Stockbreeder and Farmers Weekly magazines. The project involved over 40 enthusiastic volunteers who discovered unusual images including a farm horse wearing a gas mask in the 1940s and a camel carrying spraying equipment. (The Museum of Rural Life, University of Reading)

Student Conservator of the Year Award (Beispiele 2005)

This Award draws attention to the achievements of students and the high standards of UK conservation courses. Shortlisted for this Award are:

Anna Plowden Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation

This Award is for the best completed programme of research or development aimed at furthering the practice of conservation. The three shortlisted projects are:

Digital Preservation Award

Sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition, this prestigious Award recognises the many new initiatives being undertaken in the challenging field of digital preservation. Shortlisted for this year's Award are:

The winners of all the Awards will be announced at the British Museum on 22 November 2005.

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