ACR Wins Museum + Heritage Award
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards took place on 17th May in London
As previously reported, three projects shortlisted in the Restoration or Conservation category involved Icon members:
- Rob Payton, Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Museum of London, for the restoration of a 17th-century fire engine
- Lorraine Cornish at the Natural History Museum, for their project to move the suspended skeleton of a blue whale to a new home after 81 years with minimal contact
- Rupert Featherstone of the Fitzwilliam Museum's Hamilton Kerr Institute, for the ten-year project to restore Sebastiano's Adoration of the Shepherds, previously thought 'wrecked beyond repair'
On the night, Rupert Featherstone ACR and the Fitzwilliam Museum walked away with the award. The judges were glowing in their praise for the project:
The award goes to a project which represents restoration at its very best – painstaking in its research and meticulous in its care attention, resulting in the rescue of a masterpiece.
Congratulations to all the nominees and to Rupert and the team!
Lead Image: Museums Heritage Awards 2016; Simon Callaghan