CXD (Conservation By Design) announces that Tony King, senior conservator for Cumbria County Council, is the lucky recipient of this year’s coveted Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, first awarded in 2005, offers a lucky conservator each year the opportunity to learn more about unique bookbinding and conservation techniques from a host of well-known and highly regarded tutors. The judging panel, this year made up of Cheryl Porter, Jim Bloxam, Alan Farrant and CXD’s Stuart Welch, felt that Nicholas Hadgraft would have approved with their unanimous choice.
Tony, will receive £1500 to put towards attending two courses; A study of sewing techniques in Romanesque book production and the Dirck de Bray and Beyond (exploring stiff-board parchment bindings). Tony, who is responsible for a large and varied collection, is delighted to realise a long-held ambition to attend the Montefiascone Summer School and keen to build on his previous MA book binding knowledge to learn more about the construction and conservation of a variety of book structures from experts in the field. He commented; "It was a wonderful surprise to learn that I had been selected as the recipient of this year’s Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship. I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity to learn from experts in the field. The knowledge I will bring back, will inform the way I approach my own work for the future. It is not always easy for Conservators to find opportunities to develop their professional skills and knowledge base, and it is particularly difficult to find courses that takes the time necessary to explore their subject in the depth they really need. I am extremely grateful to CXD for making it possible.”
Dirk Hendrickx, CXD’s Managing Director, delivered the news to Tony by telephone shortly after the judges had made their decision. "We are proud that the scholarship is so highly regarded within the conservation sector. This year we took applications from Australia, Spain, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Senegal, Brazil, South Africa, UK and the USA, to name just a few. It is encouraging that year after year we are attracting outstanding applicants from different parts of the globe, an indication, perhaps, that our heritage will continue to remain in good hands.
For the sixth year running, CXD has awarded a runner-up prize too. Timna Elper, who is head of the conservation department at the National Library of Israel, and responsible for the conservation and restoration of the collections’ rare materials. Timna will receive £1000 towards attending the summer school.
For further information on the Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship, contact CXD on +44 (0) 1234 846300 or visit www.cxdglobal.com