Monthly Archives: February 2022

Nominations Invited for the Plowden Medal Conservation Award 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Plowden Medal Conservation Award are open until Friday 20th May 2022.  If you know of any talented conservators who deserve recognition for their work, please consider nominating them and sharing the details with your network.

Established in 1999 to commemorate the life and work of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE (1938 – 1997), this medal was endowed by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, of which she was Vice-President.  It is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession and whose nomination would be widely welcomed within the conservation community. The award covers all aspects of conservation be they practical, theoretical or managerial – and is open to those working in private practice or institutions.

The nomination form is attached and can also be downloaded from and the deadline for nominations is Friday 20th May 2022. The medal will be presented to the winner in the Autumn.

If you have any queries on completing your nomination, we will be holding a zoom meeting on Wednesday 23rd March 11am-1pm. To register, please email Claire Anderson at

NHIG Award recognising exemplary conservation within the ironwork sector

The National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) is excited to announce a new award recognising exemplary conservation within the ironwork sector.  

Given the vital role of conservation skills in safeguarding our built heritage, the NHIG is keen to create more opportunities to celebrate excellence specifically within the ironwork field.

The new NHIG Award will be presented for the first time at the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB) annual Awards Lunch in October 2022.

Work on any scale, in a public or private setting, is eligible. The judging panel will be interested in: 

• The appropriateness of materials and techniques used

 • The extent to which the loss of original fabric was minimised 

• The quality of the craftsmanship

Submission window: 13th January – 30th April 2022

For information and to enter a project go to:

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council – ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is currently working on ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’, a townscape heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Rediscovering the Underbanks project aims to restore the historic built-environment and increase awareness of the Underbanks, a conservation area within Stockport town centre. You can find out more about our project on our website:

As part of the project, we are looking to increase heritage skills through workshops, demonstrations, and talks. The attendees of these events will be primarily building owners, tenants, students, and members of the general public. The key heritage skills that we want to focus upon are:

  • Brick repairs and pointing
  • Sash window repairs
  • Slate roofing

We would require the events to be held in the local vicinity of Stockport- a venue can be provided and any further equipment/materials that may be required can be discussed beforehand.

If this is something which you would be interested in, please get in touch by emailing and we can discuss arrangements, availability and budget.