Professor Nicholas Pickwoad has been awarded the Royal Warrant Holder Association's 2009 Plowden Medal. The award has been made in recognition of his work in the study and conservation of historic libraries and rare books. The medal will be presented to him by HRH The Princess Royal and the Royal Warrant Holders Association Lunch in London on 2nd June 2009.
The gold medal, inaugurated in 1999, is awarded by the Roal Warrant Holders Association in memory of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE, the leading conservator who was Vice-President of the Association at the time of her death in 1997. The Medal is presented annually to the individual who has made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession. It can also be awarded to recognise lifetime of commitment and achievement.
Richard Watling, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association comments, “We are delighted to present the Plowden Medal too Nicholas Pickwoad, his innovative work, born out of an in-depth knowledge of bookbinding combined with a scholar’s understanding for the conservation of the book and historical library, has had a fundamental effect on current practice and will stand as a reference point for future generations of conservation professionals.”