Conservation Masters degrees this year were awarded on Saturday 20 January by the University’s Chancellor, Sir Malcom Grant, at the Graduation ceremony in Central Hall on the Heslington West campus, together with an honorary degree awarded to the journalist, Orla Guerin MBE, who gave an inspiring and moving address.
In all, 18 students graduated with their MA in Conservation Studies and Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) from the 2016-17 year. A number of others, who were finishing their studies part-time, will receive their awards at the summer graduation on 26 July.
You can watch the ceremony on YouTube here. The Conservation awards begin around 28 minutes in to the recording.
There were several members of the graduating cohort who were recognised for their scholastic achievement at an evening reception in King’s Manor after the graduation ceremony.
Of note, Amanda Brocklehurst received the prestigious conservation medal award from the York Consortium for Craftsmanship and Conservation. This is awarded by the Consortium to a student whose work has made a significant contribution to conservation practice. Amanda’s dissertation was an investigation of Grade 2 heritage buildings at risk in the North East of England and strategies for addressing the issues of neglect and under-resourcing. Amanda’s degree award was one of the highest distinctions in recent years. She is continuing to work as a conservation consultant in the North East.
The Department’s Conservation Prize for the highest marked conservation dissertation in the year was received by Helen Mulholland for her innovative research into proteinaceous additives in lime mortars. She also received the Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s Herman Ramm prize for the highest marked dissertation in the whole cohort across all programmes.
Meanwhile, Sara Volkman was presented the York Conservation Alumni Association’s award for her outstanding contribution to her year, as the student representative on Board of Studies and as an ambassador for the programme. She also received a distinction in her degree award. Sarah, from the USA, has been volunteering in the Honduras since the end of the programme and is now working back in the USA.
In addition to student achievement, Tracy Wilcockson was recognised for her three years of outstanding service as YCAA Chair prior to stepping down in the summer. Under her stewardship, the YCAA expanded its social media activity, worked to establish contacts with international alumni, and expanded its presence with current students of the programme. Tracy continues her work as a Preventive Conservator at the University of York’s Borthwick Institute for Archives.