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 Conservation. We therefore decided, exceptionally, to have two winners.’
The TAAMPP aimed at characterising the short and long-term effects of surface cleaning treatments on acrylic-emulsion-based works of art. The project has delivered multiple international publications, numerous presentations, and developed practical workshops to disseminate research findings and engage conservators in debate and discussion on the care and conservation of these works of art. This research project has wide applications to a huge number of collections.