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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 Project Groups

Held in Trust will consider the current state, future directions, challenges, opportunities, and resource needs for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in the U.S. It will also focus on the intersection of cultural heritage preservation with issues of urgent importance in the world today which affect the cultural landscape, including: sustainability (environmental, financial, other); social and racial justice; equity and diversity; climate change; environmental resource preservation.

To facilitate this work, an Advisory Council, Steering Committee, and Working Groups have been established to provide diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise.

Advisory Council

The Held in Trust Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from organizations both in allied fields and outside the field of conservation to provide guidance, share expertise, and disseminate project outcomes.

Steering Committee

The Held in Trust Steering Committee is comprised of sixteen individuals who also serve as the co-chairs of each working group.

Working Groups

The work of Held in Trust will be assisted by subject experts in a wide variety of fields. Several working groups will explore the following topics:

  • Sustainability (Financial, collecting, and other practice)
  • Climate Change and Environmental Impact (Conservation practice, operations, cultural heritage resources)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
  • Collection Care and Management (Preventive conservation)
  • Philosophy and Ethics in Conservation (Conservation theory and practice)
  • Education, Training, and Leadership
  • Outreach, Communication, and Storytelling
  • Science and Materials
  • Digital Research and Practice