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Conservation and preservation

23 Mawrth 2010

The Banqueting Hall, Cardiff CastleThe Banqueting Hall, Cardiff Castle. Picture courtesy of Cardiff Castle.

The conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage is the subject of a major conference to be held at the University.

The UK Institute for Conservation (ICON) is holding its first ever conference at Cardiff, supported by the School of History and Archaeology.

Conservation in Focus 2010 will bring together leading conservators and curators who care for collections in museums, galleries and historic houses around the world.

More than 380 delegates and trade fare representatives will descend on Cardiff and will address issues such as the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the sector as well as evidence-based decision making in conservation.

Jane Henderson, School of History and Archaeology said: "We are delighted that ICON has recognised Cardiff as a centre of excellence in conservation by holding the conference here. ICON is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. We look forward to hosting delegates – who range from conservators to students to heritage scientists - and highlighting the latest cutting-edge developments and thinking in the field."

ICON aims to advance knowledge and education in conservation and achieve the long term preservation and conservation of cultural heritage. It does this by providing guidance, advocacy, training and education opportunities and by uniting the conservation profession and the wider heritage community.

The conference takes place between the 24th and 26th March 2010 at the University. Delegates will attend a reception to be held at Cardiff Castle on the evening of the 25th March. "We chose Cardiff Castle as a reception venue because it is a real treasure in the city," said Jane. "Much conservation work has been done on the castle’s Burgess interior’s and in many ways it represents a lot of the areas the conference will cover."

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales will also host a reception on the 24 March attended by Alun Ffred Jones, Welsh Assembly Minister for Heritage. Mr Jones said: "Sustainability is an issue that should concern us all but it presents conservators with particular challenges as they seek to maintain and preserve our unique historic environment and historical heritage. In Wales we are committed to promoting a sustainable future for our rich and diverse heritage. One Wales aims to make high quality cultural experiences available to all the people of Wales, our visitors and to those who have left Wales but wish to know more about their heritage."

For more information about the conference please contact: CF10@icon.org.uk

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