Plenderleith Lecture

Every year, in November, the Icon Scotland Group hosts a lecture in honour of Dr Harold Plenderleith

25th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

‘Even on a Mountain, there is still a road’: Reflections on Conservation in post-Conflict Afghanistan 

Now in its 25th year, Icon Scotland’s prestigious annual lecture is held in memory of Dundonian Dr Harold Plenderleith (1898 – 1996) who is considered one of the key founders of modern conservation. 

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Icon Scotland Group is delighted to announce this year’s speaker, Dr Richard Mulholland, Senior Lecturer on the Conservation of Fine Art MA programme at Northumbria University.   

For a number of years, Richard has been engaged in research on the conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage collections at risk in conflict zones, particularly focused on Afghanistan. He has spent time working on site in Kabul on a number of projects funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund, looking at critical conservation pedagogies and carrying out education and training in collections care and conservation for colleagues in post-conflict Afghanistan. 

Icon Scotland looks forward to hearing Richard’s reflections on the steps the conservation sector is taking to respond to the ongoing risk of human conflict on cultural heritage, and what he sees as the steps we need to take and the realities we must face to prepare ourselves as a profession. 

Refreshments will be available after the lecture, as well as a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues. 


Find out more here or book directly below.


Icon Member: £10

Student Member: £5

Non-member: £15

Booking is now closed for this event.