Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM to deliver the Forbes Prize Lecture at IIC’s 2022 Congress

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We are delighted to announce IIC’s Wellington Congress 2022, is taking place in person and online, in collaboration with New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material: Pū Maanaki Kahurangi.

Appropriately as we live through a period of great change, the Congress theme is ‘Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership’.

As we will discuss, the role of conservation in shaping, saving and sharing our cultural heritage is sometimes represented as an opposition to change, as being tied to maintaining and reinforcing the status quo. This conference aims to challenge such a pre-conception. The 29th Congress will explore how and why conservators respond to, adapt to or lead change.

The event takes place from 5 – 9 September, and a full programme is available here. Members get FREE 12 months access to the congress site, including a FREE digital copy of the Congress proceedings - you can join IIC here.

Forbes Prize Lecture

One of the highlights of the Congress will be the 2022 Forbes Prize Lecture, delivered by Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM. She is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading Māori Paper Conservator, Field Conservator for the National Preservation Office, Alexander Turnbull Library, and formerly worked at the National Library of New Zealand and the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

The prize is named after Edward Waldo Forbes (1873–1969) who was Director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944 and the first Honorary Fellow of IIC in 1958. The Forbes Prize lecture was established in 1958 and is the highest award that the IIC offers internationally. We look forward to hearing Vicki-Anne’s insights as this year’s Forbes Prize Lecturer.

Full information can be found at

Register for the Congress here


For more information about the Congress please contact: Ellie Sweetnam Tel: +44 7934 167 043

Available for comment are:

• Julian Bickersteth, President IIC
• Nyssa Mildwaters, New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material: Pū Maanaki Kahurangi
• Sarah Stannage, Executive Director IIC

About the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Founded in 1950 by members of the World War II ‘Monuments Men’ and women pioneers in the profession, IIC is the London-based independent international organisation, bringing together conservation professionals from around the world, educating, enabling and recognising excellence.

This commitment drives everything we do – from the intellectually stimulating Congresses to activities specifically tailored to capture the imagination and curiosity of students of conservation.

Our Studies in Conservation records and publishes the latest developments in the field, our enquiry-led Dialogues host discussions and the development of new ideas, our Awards recognise and celebrate the greatest achievements in our sector and promote the work of conservation professionals for the common good. Our highly sought after Fellowships and Honorary Memberships acknowledge the status and contribution of the highest achievers of the profession.

IIC is a charity, and our important work is made possible by our supporters and a range of independent sources of funding including membership fees, fundraising events, congresses and publications, and sponsorship.