We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 First Time Author Essay Prize, given jointly by IIC and Taylor and Francis for a first paper published as lead author in Studies in Conservation.
The prize, now in its second year, is designed to showcase and give greater access to papers that are useful to IIC members and the profession generally - and to encourage more conservators to develop their career by publishing in Studies .
The winner this year is “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of a Novel Display Case Design: Case Study of the Renovated Anne Frank House” by Karin Kompatscher et al. It is now available as an open access article - read here: DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2019.1703401.
Kompatscher's paper describes working through to a solution for a common dilemma. All museums want to increase public in-person access to our heritage, and it is often conservators who must come up with a way of doing this while minimising risk to the objects. The paper describes developing a display case design which met that need, while also achieving lower energy use, and thus greater environmental sustainability.
We congratulate Karin on her prize-winning entry, and hope many readers will find her discussion of case design of practical use.