Gilchrist to lead Yale’s Cultural Heritage Institute

Alison Gilchrest, who for more than a decade has led national and international initiatives to promote collaboration in the field of cultural heritage preservation, has been named the new director of the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH ), counting from today. The appointment was announced by Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication and Chief of Staff to the President.

Gilchrest joined IPCH in January 2020 as the first Director of Applied Research and Outreach. In this role, she facilitated research, training, and professional development collaborations between the institute and other cultural heritage institutions, focusing on strengthening Yale’s relationships on the African continent. She came to Yale from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she oversaw the largest private cultural heritage grant program in the United States.

Alison is a gifted leader in the field of cultural heritage and will draw on her vast knowledge of museums, conservation, heritage science and philanthropic partnerships as we evolve the HICP,” said Gibbons.

As Gilchrest begins its term as trustee, the IPCH is poised to assume an expanded identity and mission as a collaborative interdisciplinary center for treatment, research, and preservation and conservation programs. Strengthening curatorial identity and impact is one of many ongoing initiatives within the university designed to reflect a more intentional approach to collaboration across collections.

Developing collaboration between Yale’s libraries, museums, and special collections is a priority so that we can better connect these resources to the university’s mission of research, scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.” , Gibbons said. “Alison will bring her vision and expertise to this expanded activation of campus conservation programs while continuing to amplify the work of our campus experts within the global heritage community.

Yale’s collections are among the largest and most important of any university, spanning world art and artifacts, natural history, libraries, archives, and special collections. A renewed and expanded HICP will serve as a collaborative hub to further support the work of the university’s curators, scientists and researchers dedicated to the preservation and study of the collections. In addition to curatorial treatment and research, the HICP plans to expand its teaching, learning, and mentorship programs that engage students, faculty, and experts from across campus and around the world.

IPCH is home to some of the most talented and dedicated cultural heritage professionals I have had the privilege of working with,” said Gilchrest. “I am excited about this unprecedented opportunity to shine a light on their contributions in developing the institute’s capacity and potential for collaboration. »

Gilchrest will work with the university’s museums, libraries and special collections department to facilitate the collaboration.

All of us at the art gallery look forward to collaborating with Alison and her team at the Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation,” said Stephanie Wiles, Henry J Heinz II Director of Yale University Art Gallery. “IPCH is an important nexus for Yale’s collections, and we are excited to enhance our work together to provide teaching, fellowship, and internship opportunities that will make outstanding contributions to the field of conservation.”

As Director of Applied Research and Outreach, Gilchrest helped launch the IPCH Directors Forum, a program that provides leaders and entrepreneurs working in Africa’s cultural sector with a trusted platform to connect, learn and collaborate. with each other. She led Yale’s special partnership with the University of Pretoria’s Tangible Heritage Conservation Program, which is dedicated to preserving South Africa’s cultural heritage. She played a pivotal role in organizing and delivering important Yale contributions to the 2020-21 Global Consortium for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (GCPCH), which included commissioning a study on “Reclaiming African Heritage for the Post-Covid Era” by Denise Lim ’20 Ph.D., who chronicled the effects of the pandemic on emerging conservation infrastructure in Africa.

Prior to his work at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Gilchrest also held positions in the curatorial and curatorial departments of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his research and studies techniques were presented. in numerous books, catalogs and journal articles. She holds an MSIS degree with a concentration in Museum Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a BA in Art History from Bryn Mawr College.