YFCC trustee Carole Milner has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. An experienced paintings conservator and founding Chair of the Institute of Conservation (Icon), Carole has received the MBE for her services to heritage and crafts during Covid-19, through her role with the Heritage & Crafts Funders Network (HCFN), an informal group of trusts and foundations providing support to the Heritage & Crafts sector. Carole was instrumental in establishing the network through the Radcliffe Trust and has convened it on a voluntary basis for the last nine years.
Asked about the award, Carole said “I am as humbled as I am proud to receive this honour. Conservation and craft are for me a wonderful continuum of skills, commitment and inspiration. I am proud of everything our sector achieves – often in discreet but constant ways that deserve much more recognition. Those that support this work, like YFCC itself, in wise and thoughtful ways provide not only funds but also sector intelligence, encouragement and relationships. They are an integral part of our heritage ecology and this award is also for them”.