Tuesday 15th February, 7.30pm

A talk by Sara Crofts, CEO, ICON (The Institute of Conservation)

“We are only trustees for those who come after us: lessons in sustainability from Ruskin and others.”

Sara trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art where she specialised in historic building conservation. She then worked for a number of architectural practices dealing with the repair and conservation of historic buildings in both Edinburgh and Cumbria. Having undertaken the Lethaby Scholarship awarded by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 2003, she held several roles with SPAB including Deputy Director. In 2015, she joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Head of Historic Environment where her role focussed on policy and strategy development. She returned to the voluntary sector to take up the role of Chief Executive at ICON (The Institute of Conservation) in January 2019. She is also currently a council member of Europa Nostra and the Chair of Europa Nostra UK.

COP26 increased the dialogue about climate change, with a greater acceptance that we need to make changes to counter global warming.  Environmental sustainability now permeates many areas our lives and we can see some progress being made. However Sara suggests that the heritage sector is lagging behind and in her talk looks to John Ruskin.

Ruskin, an art critic with a passion for architecture, is often described as one of the founding fathers of the modern conservation movement, but we can look to him as an environmental hero too. Ruskin championed the sensitive care of old buildings but also talked of the need to protect our environment – in its fullest sense – for future generations. Perhaps we, in the heritage sector, need to recapture this spirit and way of thinking. With Ruskin and others as our guides, Sara, in her talk, will consider the lessons we can still learn from today.

The talk is online, starting at 7.30pm, and will be introduced and chaired by Dr Matt Pope, Vice Chair of The Sussex Archaeological Society. Tickets are free for members of the Society and just £5 for non-members

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