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Arts and culture names make New Year’s Honours list

For the first time, women honourees outnumber the men

According to ancient tradition, at New Year and on The Queen's birthday, British citizens are rewarded for their service to public life. While the medals are physically received from the monarch, who gets an honour is in fact decided by the Cabinet Office after a process of recommendation by the community. The New Year’s Honours list included a number of figures from the worlds of arts, culture and heritage. However, for the second year in a row, no architects were honoured—although more women than men were recognised for the first time.

David Wheeler, MVO, the senior furniture conservator at the Royal Collection Trust, was made a Lieutenant of the Victorian Order.

The sculptor Antony Gormley, OBE, was made a Knight Bachelor for services to the arts.

Martin Davidson, CMG, the chief executive officer of the British Council, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), for services to British cultural, scientific and educational interests worldwide.

David Finlay, OBE, the chair of the American Friends of the British Museum, was made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) for services to cultural and educational philanthropy.

Those who were made Knight and Dame Commanders of the British Empire (KBE/DBE) include: Seona Reid, CBE, formerly the director of the Glasgow School of Art and the Scottish Arts Council, who “has made a huge contribution to the international success of Glasgow’s creative industries”.

Those who were made Commanders of the British Empire (CBE) include: Janet Barnes, the chief executive of York Museums Trust, Viscountess Victoria Bridgeman, the founder of the Bridgeman Arts Library and the Artists' Collecting Society; Richard Dorment, the chief art critic at the Daily Telegraph; and Rear Admiral Richard John Lippiett, CB, MBE, the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, which oversees the conversation and display of the Tudor warship.

Those who were made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) include: the archaeologist Lindsay Allason-Jones, an expert on Hadrian’s Wall and Roman Britain; the furniture designer Zeev Aram; the sound artist Susan Philipsz; Phoebe Philo, the creative director of the accessory line Céline; Erica Bolton and Jane Quinn, the founding partners of the arts PR firm Bolton and Quinn; and Christina Anne Smith, who has helped conserve the Covent Garden area.

Those who were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) include: the art collectors Eric and Jean Cass; the Edinburgh-based artist Derek Clarke; interior designer Ilse Crawford; the textile designer Natalie Gibson; Albert Mark Jones, the head of conservation at the Mary Rose Trust; the Cumbrian basket maker Owen Jones; the miniature artist Elizabeth Rosemary Meek; Jane Evelyn Pritchard, the curator of dance, theatre and performance collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and the Scottish archaeologist Ian Gordon Scott.

The overseas honours list includes: an OBE to Robert Au Nama of the Solomon Islands for services to the arts; an MBE to Verine Lindora Woolcock the owner of the Woolcock Art and Craft Gallery, for services to the community, particularly to vulnerable persons, in Montserrat; and a British Empire Medal to Vincent Clerveaux, a carpenter and voluntary worker, for services to conservation and to the community in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands.

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