Creating Conservation: Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

Last week, on the 25th January, Scotland celebrated the life and work of one of its most famous poets, Robert Burns. In this week’s post, we celebrate the life of another great Scot, Dr Harold Plenderleith…

Every year, in November, the Icon Scotland Group hosts a lecture in honour of Dr Harold Plenderleith. But who exactly is Plenderleith and what does he have to do with conservation in Scotland? That was the subject of last year’s illuminating lecture entitled “Creating Conservation – Harold Plenderleith’s Life and Legacy” by Gaël de Guichen. De Guichen travelled from Rome to present his reflections on the influence of Dr Harold Plenderleith, a man considered to have pioneered the conservator’s approach to conservation. De Guichen (Adviser to the Director General of ICCROM) began his career in conservation with an internship under the supervision Plenderleith in the 1960s and the two remained friends until his death, so he was ideally placed to discuss his mentor’s impact in the conservation field.

Gaël de Guichen speaking at the 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

Gaël de Guichen speaking at the 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

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