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Welcome to the website of Icon, the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. Icon's membership embraces the wider conservation community, incorporating not only professional conservators in all disciplines, but all others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage.

Icon Launches 2015 Conservation Awards

Yesterday morning, a contingent of heritage sector leaders, press, conservators and Icon staff gathered underneath the Cutty Sark to kick off the 2015 Conservation Awards.

'These Awards celebrate excellence in the conservation of our cultural and industrial heritage', said Alison Richmond, Icon CEO, adding that attention this year will focus on raising the profile of the awards among the wider public.  'We want to inspire people to apply, and to inspire people to get involved in conservation projects in their own communities.'

The awards are sponsored by Beko plc, and a family of partners including The Pilgrim Trust, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Anna Plowden Trust. Beko and the IMechE will also be funding two new awards this year that recognise the power of volunteers, and the exchange of knowledge between volunteers and professional conservators.

Applications for the six coveted awards are now open.  For more information, visit the Awards website.


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Smithsonian 12-month Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation

The Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships has
announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters
programs in art and archaeological conservation (or the equivalent)
to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian
conservation laboratories for conservation of museum collections.

Researchers in conservation science topics, including those at the
postdoctoral level, are also encouraged to apply. The fellowship
begins in the fall of 2015. A stipend of $37,700 is being offered
at the postgraduate level and $48,000 at the postdoctoral level,
plus a research allowance up to $4,000. While 12-month fellowship
proposals are preferred, applications for projects of shorter
duration (between 3-12 months) are acceptable, with a commensurate
reduction to the stipend amounts. The prospective fellow must first
contact the conservator or scientist with whom he or she would like
to work. If the potential supervisor confirms that candidacy is
suitable, application must be made through the Office of Fellowships
and Internships by December 1, 2014.

Program guidelines and instructions for application are available here

The Institute of Conservation announces Conservation Awards 2015

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Institute of Conservation (Icon) is delighted to launch the Conservation Awards 2015 Programme. At a press event on the Cutty Sark today, Icon CEO Alison Richmond alongside architect, broadcaster and conservation enthusiast Maxwell Hutchinson and Curry Sark Curator Jessica Lewis, announced the call for innovative and inspiring projects that celebrate excellence in the conservation of cultural and industrial heritage.

A new corporate sponsor Beko plc was announced alongside the Icon family of partners; The Pilgrim Trust, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Anna Plowden Trust. Six new major awards were revealed with prize funds ranging from £10,000 to £2,500 to be awarded to professionals, volunteers, community projects and organisations for their achievements in the conservation of cultural and industrial heritage in the UK.

From 22nd October until the deadline of May 15th 2015, projects from all over the country are invited to submit their entries to the programme, and this year marks an emphasis on celebrating the growing number of projects mobilised and made possible by the efforts of volunteers working with professional conservators.

Winners will be announced in October 2015.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit the Awards website.

British Library Conservators & Scientists recover hidden Magna Carta text

Text that has been hidden for 250 years has been recovered through the use
of ground-breaking multispecteral imaging work. The text has been recovered
on the so-called 'burnt' copy of the Magna Carta, one of four of the
original manuscripts which survive from 1215.

The work has been carried out in preparation for the 800th anniversary of
the sealing of the Magna Carta. On 3 February 2015 the manuscripts will be
brought together for the first time in history, displayed at the British Library.

Christina Duffy writes about the project alongside fascinating images and
animated gifs for the British Library Collection Care blog. Duffy states,
"Using this technology and expertise available to us in the 21st century,
we are able to preserve the Magna Carta for the next 800 years and present
these iconic documents in the best possible condition for visitors who come
to see them during the anniversary year."

Read 800 year old Magna Carta manuscript reveals its secrets by Christina
Duffy to find out more.

Wedgwood Collection Saved

Thanks to an incredible campaign led by the Art Fund involving the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, private trusts and foundations, and contributions from members of the public, the Wedgwood Collection has been saved.

Just one month after the Art Fund launched their public appeal, the campaign raised a total of £15.75m to save the collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of 250 years of British art. The Art Fund has announced that close to 7,500 individuals donated and were matched pound-for-pound by a private charitable foundation. The appeal was also able to meet its target due to donations from two regional sources: £250,000 from the Bet365 Foundation, led by Denise Coates CBE, and £100,000 from Staffordshire County Council.

The saved Collection contains over 80,000 works of art, ceramics, manuscripts and letters, pattern books and photographs covering the 250-year history of Wedgwood. The Art Fund plan to gift the Collection to the V&A and for it to remain on display at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, near Stoke. It will lie at the heart of a major new visitor experience at the museum, as part of Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton's (WWRD) £34m redevelopment of the factory site – set for completion in spring 2015.

Find out more on the Save the Wedgwood Collection website

Heritage Crafts Association announces fund for bursaries and awards

The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce that up to £99,500 of awards and bursaries will be available for people working in traditional skills. This is the first time such a large sum of awards and bursaries has been made available to craftspeople.

Awards are available for study in any heritage crafts as well as specifically in stone masonry, embroidery, paper and textile conservation, calligraphy and lettering, and artisan foods.

For more information about the awards and bursaries, visit the website.

Tickets now on sale for 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

Come join us in Edinburgh this November!

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture.

This year, Gael de Guichen, Adviser to the Director General of ICCROM, visits us from Rome to present some reflections on the influence and legacy of Harold Plenderleith, a man considered to have pioneered the conservator's approach to conservation.

Gael is one of the most respected and influential authorities in the field of conservation, possessing a wealth and breadth of experience in the discipline.  Throughout his long and interesting career he has held - amongst other posts - Director of the Collections Unit of ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.

The event will take place on Thursday 27th November at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

See you there!


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