FAIC entered into a three-year cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) in 2020 to conduct the "Held in Trust" project. The project will consider the current state, future directions, challenges, opportunities, and resource needs for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in the U.S. "Held in Trust" will examine the intersection of cultural heritage preservation with issues of urgent importance in the world today which affect the cultural landscape, including sustainability, social and racial justice, equity and diversity, climate change, and environmental resource preservation.
The work will align with the overall goals of A More Perfect Union
, NEH’s vision for the 250th
anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The outcomes of the project, expected in 2023, will guide work through to 2026 and following the semiquincentennial.
Held in Trust
is supported by three groups
of individuals, an Advisory Council, a Steering Committee, and several Working Groups, to provide diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise.
Pamela Hatchfield serves as the Project Coordinator. She is Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Head of Objects Conservation Emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the International Institute of Conservation, and the American Academy in Rome. She served on the AIC Board of Directors as Director of Public Information and, more recently, as Vice President and then President. Her many publications include the groundbreaking book, Pollutants in the Museum Environment. Hatchfield is assisted by Katelin Lee, FAIC Outreach Coordinator.
"Discussing Held in Trust with the National Endowment for the Humanities,"
a keynote presentation at the 2021 AIC & SPNHC Joint Virtual Annual Meeting with NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson, NEH Chief of Staff Kelsey Coates, and Held in Trust
Project Coordinator Pamela Hatchfield.