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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.

Exciting opportunity for new conservators to gain experience and learn

The June Baker Trust is delighted to announce an exciting new grants scheme dedicated to helping Scottish conservators at an early stage in their careers to make a smooth transition from education to the workplace and establish themselves in the profession.

The scheme has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust. It will run for three years alongside the existing June Baker Trust Conservation Awards scheme, with the first awards of up to £1,000 per applicant being made in May 2015.

The Scottish Emerging Conservators Grants Scheme will give grants to support conservators who are between 6 months and 3 years of qualifying and in the process of gaining their early workplace experience to fund learning and development plan of their own choosing. Applications are invited from new conservators who are gaining practical experience in Scottish conservation workplaces, or, if gaining their work experience elsewhere can otherwise demonstrate a strong Scottish connection and commitment to conservation in Scotland.

Application forms and Guidance for Applicants 


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Icon Member West Dean College Becomes New Training Partner for British Library

Icon Member West Dean College has signed an exciting agreement to collaborate on a programme of training with the British Library, delivering a portfolio of short courses into aspects of preservation and collection care for libraries.

The programme focuses on Continued Professional Development and is aimed at professionals, conservation students and others interested in furthering their skills. The jointly-branded courses will be delivered at West Dean College and the British Library.

Further information can be found on the West Dean website

Icon Launches Conservation Awards 2015

On 21st October, heritage sector leaders, press, conservators and Icon staff gathered at the Cutty Sark to launch 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.

For more information, visit the Awards website.

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The William Morris Craft Fellowship

Since 1986 The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has offered a Fellowship programme designed to broaden the skills and experience of craftspeople, from any trade, who are employed in the repair of historic buildings. Each year the Fellows spend six months travelling the length of the country together, making site visits and meeting expert craftspeople, contractors and architects working in building conservation.

This unique scheme is supported by the William Morris Craft Fellowship Trust. The programme welcomes applications from craftspeople employed in the repair of historic buildings on site or in workshops and studios.

Visit the SPAB website to find out more

Heritage makes you happy!

Taking part in heritage is good for our happiness and wellbeing, according to this year’s Heritage Counts report published by English Heritage on behalf of England’s leading heritage organisations, the Historic Environment Forum. Heritage Counts 2014 proves the vital role heritage plays in our national life by measuring its value and impact on individuals and communities.

Launched on the 12th November 2014, Heritage Counts 2014 reveals visiting different types of historic places has a positive impact on life satisfaction, or general wellbeing. A study commissioned for this year’s report measured the value of visiting eight different types of heritage over the past year, from historic towns, to industrial sites, places of worship and archaeological sites.

To read more about the report and its results, visit the English Heritage website

An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making

According to the Crafts Council UK, in the last five years participation in craft-related GCSEs fell by 25% and the number of higher education craft courses fell by 46%. This comes when elsewhere around the globe investment in creative education and making is rising. An education in craft develops creativity, inventiveness, problem-solving and practical intelligence. It also produces the makers of the future.

Craft currently contributes £3.4 billion to the economy and over 150,000 people across the UK deploy craft skills within a number of industries including fashion, film, medicine
and engineering. Craft and making is vital to our society, culture and economy.

This is why the Crafts Council along with partners, has developed Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making which was launched on the 10 November 2014 at the House of Commons.

Read the Manifesto here

Wells cathedral’s 14th century stained glass window is restored to former glory

Final pieces of scaffolding are being removed from Jesse Window after three-year restoration project. One of the most remarkable examples of 14th century stained glass
in Europe can finally be seen again as its medieval creators intended following a meticulous three-year restoration project.

Paul Richards, the cathedral’s administrator, said: “Conserving the window for decades and maybe centuries to come will be one of the main contributions our generation
will have made to the history of our cathedral. Completing the conservation project is a fantastic achievement and it is great to see the Jesse Window looking so splendid.”

Read more about the project


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