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Icon welcomes individuals and organisations from all backgrounds who identify with the conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage.  Our membership embraces the entire conservation community as well as members of the public who are keen to learn more or show their support for conservation work.


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.



In a great compliment to her personally and to Icon, Alison Richmond has been appointed to the role of Vice President of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. She joins the current complement of four illustrious VPs: Martin Drury (former Director of the National Trust and a major force in heritage conservation for forty years), Philippa Glanville (metalwork expert, historian and author), Desmond Shawe-Taylor (art historian and Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures) and Richard Chartres, Bishop of London.

Alison has long been a supporter of NADFAS’s charitable aims and worked closely with
the late David Bell, then Chief Executive of NADFAS, to bring our two organisations
closer together and to work in a complementary way. Alison comments: ‘This is a huge
honour for me and for Icon. I think NADFAS is a key organisation in promoting the value
of heritage and that’s what Icon does too. NADFAS has a logo and branding that
includes conservation. What I would like to do is empower the conservation in the
philosophy of NADFAS and bring it out and build on it.’

More News
New Membership Manager starts on 6th May

Icon is delighted to welcome Michael Nelles to the team. Michael comes to us from Winchester Museums where he has been Visitor Services Team Leader since 2010, responsible for management of three museum and gallery sites in Winchester. He is also the Hon. Membership Secretary for the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society. At Icon, his normal working days will be Tuesday to Friday. His email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and his phone number will be 020 3142 6785. 

ArtsMediaPeople win tender to manage the Icon Conservation Awards 2015

Icon has commissioned Erin Barnes and Gemma Clarke of ArtsMediaPeople to manage the Icon Conservation Awards 2015. Erin and Gemma have a great track record of working with the media and cultural organisations, such as Tate and HRP, developing outreach and liaising with audiences. They were the project managers on Art Everywhere which saw the 50 favorite British works of art posted on tens of thousands of billboard sites across the UK in August 2013. The Icon Conservation Awards 2015 are sponsored by Beko plc.

Icon submits evidence on Historic Environment Scotland Bill

Icon has responded to the call for evidence made by the Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Government on the Historic Environment Scotland Bill, a Scottish Government Bill that was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 3 March 2014.
The purpose of the Bill is to establish a new lead body for Scotland‘s historic environment, to be known as Historic Environment Scotland.
For further information on the Bill and its accompanying documents:
For Icon’s evidence please see here

Cultural Gift Scheme and Inheritance Tax acceptance in Lieu scheme set to be increased in 2014-15


The government has announced in the Budget (p.69) that the annual limit for the Cultural Gift Scheme [CGS] and Inheritance Tax acceptance in Lieu scheme will be increased from £30 million to £40 million a year from 2014-15. This is helpful because the scheme was being fully used.

The CGS is a proposal to encourage people to donate, for the benefit of the nation, heritage objects and important works of art which are pre-eminent. For more information, please see the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, CGS guidance notes here. (from Heritage Update 274)

England's Cathedrals to receive £20 million for Great War Commemoration


England's cathedrals will receive £20million for repairs through a grant scheme in recognition of their heritage significance and role in forthcoming remembrance activities to commemorate the First World War.

According to ChurchCare, the Church of England’s 42 cathedrals alone welcome over 11m visitors a year with only 6,000 staff but over 15,000 dedicated volunteers. £20m of grants will therefore help meet the costs of urgent repairs to cathedral buildings and support local fundraising efforts by Church of England and Roman Catholic Cathedrals. Details of the operation and management of the scheme are currently being discussed with Government and will be announced during April. (From Heritage Update 274)

New report on the historic environment strategy for Scotland

New report on the historic environment strategy for Scotland published



In summer 2013, the Scottish Government consulted on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the Merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). Icon with Icon Scotland Group submitted our response. The Scottish Government, following work with stakeholders, has published.

The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland: The new Strategy 

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website. (From Heritage Update 273).


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