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Leighton House Museum scoops EU conservation award
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Published on 20-03-12

The capital's Leighton House Museum has received recognition for its cultural heritage conservation work under the 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

Restoration work carried out at Leighton House Museum, the former home and studio of the nineteenth century British artist Lord Leighton, was recognised for its outstanding conservation achievements. In particular for the way the work had recaptured the original style and atmosphere of the remarkable interiors.

    Leighton House Museum

    Leighton House Museum

    Also recognised in the awards is the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings selected for its long term "supreme achievements".  The jury said the Society's accomplishments were an example of how to protect heritage for future generations and that its influence on heritage policy and practice had been profound. The Society was founded by William Morris in 1877 as concern grew that the historic fabric of too many buildings was being lost.

    Other UK winners include, The Poundstock Gildhouse in Bude, Cornwall, for its "meticulous" conservation work and use of traditional techniques and "Crossing cultures": Transforming the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, for its innovative approach to presenting history.

    The annual awards are supported by the European Commission's Culture Programme and Europa Nostra (a pan-European NGO which brings together 250 non-governmental and non-profit organisations from more than 50 European countries).  They highlight excellence in conservation, research, education, training and awareness-raising, as well as dedicated service by individuals and groups.

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