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The American Institute for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation work together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage. Partner with us to further that mission.

Held in Trust

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.

Project Groups

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.

Project Updates

"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.

Held in Trust is a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation and is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ A More Perfect Union initiative. Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in project materials and findings do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.