2017 John Shannon Memorial Lecture and AGM

Jonathan trained in chemistry to post-doctoral level, worked as a metalwork conservation apprentice and then, from 1977 to 2002, was head of the Conservation Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  The landmark book 'Risk Assessment for Object Conservation', was published in 1999.  He was Secretary General for the International Institute for Conservation 2003-2006.  Between 2009 and 2014 he was leader of the risk and damage assessment group for the international research project Climate for Culture.  Jonathan Ashley-Smith now works as an independent teacher, researcher, and consultant. His current concerns are the loss of practical skills in conservation and the lack of active discussion of treatment ethics.