Norman Brommelle (1915 – 1989) was born in Nottingham and went on to read physics at University College, Oxford. He was a research physicist at the British Aluminium Company at Chalfont Park 1937 – 1949. In 1949 he joined the conservation department formed in 1946 at the National Gallery, London. He trained in practical conservation with Richard Buck who spent 1949 at the National Gallery establishing a workshop there for the treatment of panel supports, and subsequently with Helmut Ruhemann. In 1960 Brommelle was to become first Keeper of Conservation at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and in 1978 the Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge. He was to be Secretary-General of IIC from 1958 – 1964 and from 1966 – 1988, when he retired and moved to Italy.
The Brommelle Memroial Fund
The Brommelle Memorial Fund was established in 1990 in memory of Norman Brommelle, and is used to provide assistance for students of conservation who are IIC members and wish to attend the Institute's international Congresses. Applicants for the grants are required to be enrolled in a full-time course of conservation training leading to a recognised academic qualification. Students may apply for this funding at any time during their course of study, including their final year or internship.
More can be found out about the Brommelle Memorial Fund awards for the latest IIC Congress by going to the Congress pages when registration for an IIC Congress is open