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Working towards a sustainable past

27 September 2023

Professor of Conservation gives keynote at global conference

Professor Jane Henderson has delivered one of the first keynotes at the 20th Triennial Conferences of the Committee for Conservation of the International Council of Museums in Valencia.

Alongside her fellow ICOM-CC 2023 panellists at Palau de les Arts, Professor Henderson  the Secretary General of the International Institute for Conservation spoke on what we carry from the past and the apparent neutrality in heritage management. Sharing what the sustainable past looked like in her own practice, she focussed discussion on inclusion and justice in a commitment to future generations.

Among the panellists over the three-day conference were Luis Monreal (Aga Khan Trust for Culture), Professor Sophia Labadi (University of Kent), Anukpam Sah (Anupam Heritage Lab), Abba Isa Tijani (National Commission for Museums and Monuments of Nigeria), Laura Melpomeni Tapini (DIADRASIS) and Salvador Muñoz-Viñas (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia).

Held every three years, the global event enables around one thousand professionals from all around the world to share experiences, ideas and insight, as well as developments and trends in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The conference follows sessions at Beijing (2020) and Copenhagen (2017).

Winner of the Plowden medal in 2021, Professor Jane Henderson (BSc, MSc, PACR, FIIC) serves on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, is a member on the trustee board of the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries and represents Wales on ICOM UK.  A member of the Higher Education Museums and Galleries Fund Review panel, Jane also serves on the European standards body CEN TC 346 WG11 and is currently vice chair of the BSI standard group B/560 concerned with the conservation of Tangible Cultural heritage.

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