Dedication to Cultural Heritage
Alison Richmond, the outgoing CEO of Icon (the Institute of Conservation) has become a newly elected Trustee of The Edward James Foundation – the charity responsible for West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Alison brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation. As CEO of Icon she has transformed the organisation into the leading membership body and voice for conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. An Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) she is also a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC). Alison was also a Senior Conservator at the V&A for almost two decades.
Joining the Board
“I have always been a huge admirer of what West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has been doing in the field of conservation education and I am delighted to say that there has always been a very close relationship between Icon and West Dean. I have really appreciated how supportive the College has been of the profession and how the College always sought our views when thinking about the future. Joining the Board felt like a natural progression in one way and in another it is a huge step to join the Trustees who are taking responsibility for the whole of the Foundation.”
Conservation Sector Boost
Alison is passionate about the future of conservation and aims to overcome the financial challenges she sees for people looking for a career in the conservation sector, noting:-
“It is wonderful that West Dean can offer bursaries to so many students and I would like to support the College to do even more. I think this is the only way that we can hope to attract students who are less well off, and ultimately diversify the profile of the conservation profession which is currently overwhelmingly white, female and middle class.”
Careers in Conservation
It is an exciting time to consider conservation as a career. There is growing public interest in “behind the scenes” at museums and historic properties. The conservation of cultural heritage is recognised by government as key to the UK’s tourism economy and international profile.
Hon Peter Benson LVO MA FCA, Chairman of the Board of Trustees stated:-
“My colleagues and I on the Board of The Edward James Foundation are delighted that Alison Richmond is joining us as a fellow Trustee. Her extensive practical background, both in relation to conservation techniques, and the education required to teach them, will be an invaluable addition to the skills we need to oversee the running of our remarkable College at West Dean.”
West Dean College attracts conservation students from across the globe, and alumni have gone on to work with some of the most prestigious museums, institutions and collections in the world. Courses are available to MA level, the global industry standard for conservation. It is also the only College teaching the next generation of Clock conservators.
Alison joins a highly respected group of trustees who include the Hon Peter Benson LVO MA FCA (Chairman); Lady Caroline Egremont; Caroline Griffith; Professor Nigel Llewellyn PhD FSA; Professor Paul O’Prey CBE; Francis Plowden FCA; David Seddon; Mike McCart and Martin Ashley MVO, RIBA.
College Open Days:- Students interested in studying conservation are invited to Open Days on 7 December 2018 and 9 February 2019.
Website Details:- West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084. For further information, please visit www.westdean.ac.uk.
Address:- West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ
[Credits: Feature image – Alison Richmond in one of her previous roles as CEO of Icon (Institute of Conservation) (icon.org.uk); icon.org.uk; westdean.ac.uk; opencharities.org]