Nominations for The Plowden Medal 2019 (12th November 2018 – 28th February 2019)

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The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) will be receiving nominations for the country’s most prestigious annual award for conservation, The Plowden Medal, from Monday 12th November until Thursday 28th February 2019. The Medal will be presented at the Association’s Annual Luncheon to the person deemed to have made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of conservation.

Previous winners of the Plowden Medal include people working in areas as diverse as portrait miniatures, tapestries, the preservation of historic buildings and conservation guidelines for museums. The award covers all aspects of conservation – be it practical, theoretical or managerial – and is open to those working in private practice or institutions. Anyone who has made a significant contribution to conservation, in any field, is encouraged to apply by completing a Nomination Form which can be found at

Founded in 1999, the medal commemorates the work of leading conservator and Royal Warrant holder the Hon. Anna Plowden CBE, who was President-elect of the RWHA at the time of her death in 1997.

Richard Peck, Secretary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, says, ‘The Royal Warrant Holders Association represents around 800 Royal Warrant holders who are united by a commitment to the highest standards of quality, service and excellence and who have collectively played a part in shaping Britain’s cultural heritage. Conservation is essential in protecting that heritage, and so the RWHA is delighted to award the Plowden Medal each year.’

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