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Position, Head of Conservation

Phone: (650) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.org
Global Heritage Fund
625 Emerson Street Suite 200
Palo Alto , California 94301
United States

Company Description: Global Heritage Fund is the leading international conservancy preserving endangered world heritage sites in developing countries. Our mission is to enable...   more

Employment History

  • Senior Conservation Consultant
    Central Asia


  • Bachelor of Science , Geology
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Web References
Global Heritage Fund | GHF, 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
John Hurd
PALO ALTO, CA - Global Heritage ... [cached]
PALO ALTO, CA - Global Heritage Fund (GHF), an international conservancy devoted to saving endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries, will be represented by Dr. Serenella Ensoli, Project Director for GHF Cyrene, and John Hurd, Director of International Conservation, at a conference focusing on Libyan heritage sites endangered by current conflict in the region.
October 12, 2009 - Valletta, Malta - At the recent meeting of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee in Malta, John Hurd was re-elected unopposed for another three years as the President of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee. ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is an advisory body to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
"We are so proud of John Hurd and this recognition by his peers.
"John Hurd represents the finest in conservation excellence and dedication to some of the most difficult and poorest countries and regions of the world."
The Advisory Committee, which meets annually to update the implementation of the ICOMOS program, comprises the Chairs of the National Committees and International Scientific Committees. Its function is to advise the Executive Committee by bringing forth suggestions and recommendations and by responding to requests from the Executive Committee on program priorities and orientations.
Following a B.Sc. in the Geology of Clays Bristol (1969), John Hurd received a two-year Conservation Science diploma and a 2-year 'objects' conservation higher National diploma at Lincoln, leading to work as a sculpture conservator intern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from 1991. In 1992, John became a partner at Lincoln Conservation Studio, a busy atelier specializing in large Architectural objects conservation. In 1998, John formed Hurd Conservation International, an International field consultancy with architectural and archaeological projects, planning and training across Asia for several International agencies; he was a senior conservation consultant to UNESCO, Cultural Heritage division, on the Silk Roads cities of Central Asia.
In June 2006, John Hurd joined Global Heritage Fund as International Conservation Director, committing a large amount of his time to this work. John is deeply committed to GHF's immediacy, effectiveness and ability to take well-targeted action quickly and with the highest quality of consultation.
John has a particular interest in the conservation of World Heritage Sites, both Archaeological and architectural, through his work with ICOMOS U.K. and ICOMOS International. He chaired the earth structures committee of ICOMOS U.K. 1994-2001. In 2006, John was elected as President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Earthen Architectural Heritage [ISCEAH]. In October 2006, John was first elected as President of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee and is an ex officio member of the ICOMOS International Executive Committee.
John Hurd, GHF's Head of Conservation, recently led a ten day GHF mission to Cyrene to begin work on assisting the Libyan Authorities to assemble a management plan for the whole site.
John Hurd, Newly Elected President of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee, Brings Extensive International Conservation Experience to the GHF Management Team and Senior Advisory Board
PALO ALTO, CALIF. (September 28, 2006) - John Hurd, a renowned conservator from the United Kingdom with over two decades of field experience in Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China and the Silk Road, joins Global Heritage Fund as our Head of Archaeological Conservation and our Senior Advisory Board. GHF is a leading international conservancy dedicated to preserving endangered world heritage sites in developing countries.
John Hurd is President of the Advisory Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the international association of professional conservators. John has served as a senior conservation consultant to UNESCO on the Silk Roads cities of Central Asia and chaired the ICOMOS UK National Earth Committee from 1994-2000, and was elected as President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Earthen Architectural Heritage in 2006.
John has worked for Global Heritage Fund in two major field projects since 2004 at the historic city site of Ani in Eastern Turkey and in the conservation and revitalization of the Historic City of Kars. One of the top global experts on conservation of earthen architecture, he received a BSc in the Geology of Clays, a Conservation Science Diploma and an 'Objects' higher National Diploma, and has worked on the conservation of earth structures, both standing and archaeological for the past 20 years. His work extended from Europe to Central Asia and China by the mid 1990s.
"John Hurd is one of the most seasoned field conservators I have ever met, and will help us build an outstanding technical and field-based science foundation for the work of Global Heritage Fund around the world", says GHF Executive Director Jeff Morgan.
"Not only is he one of the leading experts in Earthen Architecture, but has worked in almost all of the developing countries where GHF is focused and brings strong relationships with the Ministries and top conservators, UNESCO World Heritage and ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, where John was recently elected President of their Advisory Committee."
"We are honored to have John join the GHF Team and our Senior Advisory Board and congratulate him on his election in Edinburgh, Scotland this month to the Presidency of the distinguished ICOMOS Advisory Committee. John Hurd will be a critical leader at GHF and our expanding efforts to plan, protect and monitor critical world heritage preservation and restoration projects around the developing world," said Morgan.
"John brings extensive field conservation, master planning, and science-based conservation experience that will help develop GHF as a leading international conservancy."
"I am honored and delighted to be nominated to the GHF Senior Advisory Board. GHF has proved to me that through its concerns for World Heritage conservation together with a willingness to react in a timely and positive way to the many activities which GHF supports within the heritage field, GHF is offering a new and very effective model for the future of heritage conservation in a global scale. I look forward to working with the expert GHF Board and with the many worlds leading consultants which GHF mobilizes in its activities. " said John Hurd on his nomination to the GHF Senior Advisory Board.
John Hurd Head of Archaeological Conservation Global Heritage Fund President, ICOMOS Advisory Committee
John Hurd has been involved in the care, conservation and maintenance of objects, historic structures and places, both in the UK and overseas since 1975. The practice now, is comprised of a small group of specialists with a diverse range of skills, experience and interests, who are devoted to good conservation practice, and the promotion of responsible conservation.
Our diversity allows us to provide unique and specific conservation solutions in every situation. Our projects range in scope from small contractual and consultancy work, to major research and conservation campaigns on historic buildings and places.
The practice has established a particular expertise in the conservation of earthen structures and sites, and has a commitment to training towards best practice in this field. John Hurd is well known for his concerns over the use of sustainable technologies appropriate to the cultural methods existing in any society.
GHF Senior Technical Advisor John ..., 26 Nov 2012 [cached]
GHF Senior Technical Advisor John Hurd has conducted a preliminary Site Conservation Inspection, prepared a Mortar and Plaster Documentation Report, and collected samples for lab testing to identify appropriate conservation materials.
GHF's John Hurd and Vince Michael Consider Value, Limitations of World Heritage Convention
John Hurd, GHF's Senior Technical Advisor and President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Advisory Committee, sees the convention, in part, as a product of war - inspired by the "fantastic fear" that followed the Second World War, put together "for the sake of world peace.
As a result of this, Hurd agrees that the inscription process has become more politicized, with sites being listed against the advice of advisory bodies, as states parties chase tourism dollars.
"We can't do anything about armed groups walking around destroying things," says Hurd, who instead points to preventative measures taken in places like Libya, where combatants were supplied with inventories of sites to be avoided.
• GHF's John Hurd and Vince ..., 21 Nov 2012 [cached]
• GHF's John Hurd and Vince Michael Consider Value, Limitations of World Heritage Convention (5 tag/s in common)
• GHF's John Hurd and Vince ..., 9 Nov 2012 [cached]
• GHF's John Hurd and Vince Michael Consider Value, Limitations of World Heritage Convention (3 tag/s in common)
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