Following the preliminary announcement sent out by Robyn Pender and Sophie
Godfraind in June, there has been so much interest in the conference
planned to celebrate Sharon Cahter’s life and achievements that it has been
decided to make this a more ambitious event in spring 2020.The conference
will now take place on 16-18 April 2020 in York (UK), in the impressive
surroundings of the Tempest Anderson Hall of the Yorkshire Museum, the
Hospitium (medieval guesthouse) in the famous 19th-century gardens of the
Museum, and the adjacent King’s Manor of the University of York. Starting
on the afternoon of Thursday 16 April, the conference will continue until
the early evening of Saturday 18 April. Further details of the programme
and practical information will be provided in due course.
The theme of the conference (and follow-up publication) will be Wall
Painting Conservation and its Dilemmas in the Twenty-first Century: A
Conference in Memory of Sharon Cather. Sharon’s colleagues will all be
aware of her constant questioning of received wisdom in the conservation
field, and of her success in pushing the boundaries in a multitude of areas
from preventive conservation to conservation education. It is therefore
felt appropriate that this conference in Sharon’s honour should take stock
of the current state of wall painting conservation internationally, and
consider potentially productive developments in the future.
Regrettably, even over two and a half days, the number of papers will need
to be limited to about 18. Many have already been offered, and others are
now invited. It is intended that collectively the contributions will cover
all periods of wall painting from ancient to contemporary, and that all
will take the opportunity of reflecting on the type of issues that were of
such concern to Sharon. Such factors will be taken into account in the
selection of papers, and speakers will also be asked kindly to provide a
firm commitment to contributing to the follow-up publication. I will now be
in touch with those who have already generously offered papers, and much
look forward to hearing from others who wish to do so. Do please also
contact David Park ( if you have any other
questions at this point.

Austin Nevin, FIIC and Vice President of the IIC
Senior Lecturer University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Austin Nevin
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