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Hearings have now been completed by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology  into the role of science, engineering and technology in the conservation of the UK's cultural heritage have now been completed.

Representatives of Icon gave evidence on 16 May.  Transcripts of all the hearings are now on-line.  The report is due in the autumn.

Transcripts are available on the Parliamentary Website , usually within about a week. 

This witnesses on 16 May were Mr Neil Macgregor (Director), Dr David Saunders (Head of Conservation, Documentation and Research), British Museum; Mr Alex Beard (Deputy Director), Dr Leslie Carlyle (Head of Conservation), Tate Gallery; Dr Jim Tate (Head of Conservation), National Museums of Scotland and at 12 noon Alastair MacCapra (Chief Executive) and Dr David Leigh (Senior Policy Adviser), Institute for Conservation, and Dr Joyce Townsend (Chair), Institute for Conservation Science.

The Special Adviser to the Committee is Professor May Cassar. 

UK conservation and conservation science have a high reputation worldwide, but they are currently under-valued.  In  its written response to this important inquiry, Icon outlined the role of science in conservation and the extent to which it works or does not work within the United Kingdom, and made some recommendations.  A summary, with a link to the full submissions can be found here .  

36 other organisations and individuals also responded, and their submissions can also be found on the Parliamentary website.


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