The Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department (RCR) – Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage in Portugal has been announced as winner of IIC's 2020 Keck Award.
RCR's mission is to ensure the management, conservation and restoration of the collections of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, but it has also led a remarkable outreach programme, including guided tours and events for schools and a strong social media presence which has brought the world of conservation to a large audience.
Stephen Koob, Chair of IIC's Grants, Prizes and Awards Committee said:
"The amazing success of the guided tours to the Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department emphasize how much interest the visitors had for the conservation and restoration work. Its public outreach has also hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, and the success of this communication is creating a major impact on the awareness of managing cultural heritage."
The winners commented:
“The award could not have come at a better time, as the Department celebrated its 10th anniversary on 2nd November! To crown these ten years of the Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department is an honour to be the first Portuguese project to receive this distinction. The recognition of our work, by an institution with the prominence of the IIC motivates us to continue, with rigour and creativity, the mission of valuing the Cultural Heritage of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and, of course, the importance of promoting good practices in the area of conservation and restoration.”