West Dean College of Arts and Conservation had its annual Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, July 13, 2019, celebrating the work of the students with special prizes including one sponsored by us, the Willard Conservation Prize.
Alongside the ceremony, The College also announced their first ever three Fellowships. The Fellows are Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Rebecca Salter RA and Dawn Ades OBE, who are all active supporters of the College and eminent in their sphere. The Fellows joined students graduating with degrees and diplomas, from Foundation, Graduate and Professional Development Diplomas to Masters degrees in arts and conservation. 26 special awards (see below) were presented to students by Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Rebecca Salter and Peter Benson, Chair of Trustees during the ceremony.
We would like to congratulate the two winners of the Willard Conservation Prize who have showcased work of the highest calibre and will no doubt go onto make a significant impact on the conservation world.
Holly Daws, MA Conservation of Ceramics & Related Materials.
Lorna Culcutt, her tutor writes, “I nominated Holly as she was able to problem-solve around identifying and utilising different forms of analysis to support her MA research project very effectively. Holly had an ability to synthesise raw data into clear interpretation and discussion. Her interest was in metamerism and retouching fills for ceramic conservation, a problem worth trying to solve. Holly also showed great skill in liaison with renowned Conservation scientists and developing their research through hard work and diplomacy.”
Laura Critchlow, MA Collections Care & Conservation Management
Shayne Rivers, her tutor nominated Laura based on the quality and potential impact of her MA research, a synopsis of which follows:
A preliminary assessment of the compromises visitors to historic houses are willing to accept regarding access and light levels, and an evaluation of potential cost-effective preservation measures that reflect visitor engagement with the balance between access and light levels.
Laura Critchlow undertook this MA dissertation founded on her work-based learning at National Trust Erddig, a large property with light-sensitive collections and historic interiors.
She used a methodology of well-focused surveys, incorporating visual examples of the accumulative effects of UV on organic materials, to illustrate risks of light levels to (e.g.) printed fabric, art works.
Laura has undertaken research that engages visitors in efforts to improve collections care, and carried out rigorous visitor and staff surveys that demonstrated a potential to change behaviours and perceptions among supporters once they have been engaged with core conservation principles.
She has proposed cost-effective recommendations, which, if adopted, could result in significant improvements to collections care across the UK national collection by providing an innovative and effective model for visitor engagement with the inherent compromises required to balance preservation with visitor access.
Diploma and Degree Prize Recipients 2019
Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) – Southern Section Prize: John Chapman
British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) – Geoffrey Moss Prize: Amy Walsh (Ceramics); John Chapman (Clocks); Shane Wiechnik (Furniture); Andrew Braund (Metals)
British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) – Harold Davies Prize: Andriani Maimaridou (Ceramics); Peter Toot (Clocks); Ian Cook (Furniture); Camila Paglione (Metalwork)
Historic England/John Ashurst Prize: Sarah Neville