Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Project— 2014 Conservation and Heritage Management Award
The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2014 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to the Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Project (SHCP) for its excellent work on the conservation of the spectacular Anglo-Saxon artifacts found in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, and for its associated public education programs.
SHCP is a unique project executed by the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Since its inception in 2010, the project has used an innovative, team-based approach to conservation. The team has conserved the Anglo-Saxon gold and garnet artifacts to the highest standard, and the project has given more than 20 students the opportunity to learn from scholars and from handling the hoard itself.
Because of the immense interest in the hoard, SHCP made it a priority to involve the public in conservation efforts. Public programs included open lectures, studio tours, family days, and written and video blogs that created a supportive public community. These efforts have reached thousands of people, who have become engaged with the project.
The 2014 Conservation and Heritage Management Award recognizes the inspiring efforts of the Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Project in the domains of conservation and public outreach.