In 2010 the judges decided that the Anna Plowden Trust award should be given to two projects. Susan Palmer OBE, Chair of the judges, commented: ‘The award recognises excellence in research and in innovation. The quality of applications was very high. We felt there was an outstanding example of scientific research in the Tate AXA Art project and similarly in practical, problem-solving innovation from Eura. We therefore decided, exceptionally, to have two winners.’
The traditional method of removal of ceramic tiles involves levering them from their substrates and so risks large numbers of breakages. This innovative and practical solution, developed by Eura Conservation, represents a significant advance on current practice for tackling such conservation problems, dramatically reducing the risks of damage during transfer. Furthermore, the project was carried out within the constraints of a working hospital environment.