María Pía Timón Tiemblo has been awarded today with the National Prize for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Assets 2021 from the Ministry of Culture, endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury has recognized her for “her pioneering career in public service in favor of the Intangible Cultural Heritage,” the ministry said in a note.
The winner has been coordinator of the National Plan for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the National Plan for Traditional Architecture until last September when she retired. The jury’s ruling highlights “its contribution to visibility, conservation, restoration and social recognition through the National Plans for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Traditional Architecture”. “Respect for cultural diversity and gender equality in their jobs ”.
However, it must be taken into account that although the General State Budgets presented by the Government of Pedro Sánchez for 2022 are the most generous in history for culture, the conservation and restoration of cultural property will no longer receive 23,135,000 euros and it will be at 21,166,000 euros, that is, 8.6% less.
The Ministry assures that the budget for conservation and restoration has increased by 51 million euros thanks to funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. But from this item it is necessary to set aside the more than ten million that are destined to the reform of Tabacalera and the remaining 40 will be distributed only among the Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC) of all the Autonomous Communities. In other words, assets that do not have the maximum protection granted by law will not be part of this aid.
A new concept of intangible cultural heritage
María Pía Timón Tiemblo, (1954, Madrigal de la Vera, Cáceres), began her professional career at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of the Autonomous University of Madrid, although in 1986 she joined the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE) of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. From this entity, she has developed her work as coordinator of the National Plan for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the National Plan for Traditional Architecture.
In this position he has developed a documentation and research methodology derived from his field work throughout the Spanish territory, which allowed him to know first-hand the heritage reality and develop innovative strategic lines for the safeguarding of the most vulnerable ethnological heritage.
Timón contributed to the new concept of intangible cultural heritage, has designed strategies to safeguard it and has promoted the recognition of the fundamental role of women in the management of this type of heritage.
The ruling also recognizes his contribution to academic knowledge and the dissemination and dissemination of ethnological heritage and intangible cultural heritage in Spain, in reference publications, as well as his commitment to the training and specialization of professionals.
The jury has been made up of the general director of Fine Arts, Lola Jiménez-Blanco, the curator Araceli Pereda Alonso, awarded the prize in 2020, the president of the Association of Conservatives and Restorers of Spain (ACRE), Francisco Manuel Espejo Jiménez, and María José Magaña Clemente, from the Asociación Mujeres en las Artes Visuales (AMAV), among others.