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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.

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Alison Richmond
with Maxwell Hutchinson
and Teresa Arbuckle.
Photo by Ray Tang


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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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

Tru Vue /Icon Continuing Professional Development Grant Winners

We are delighted to announce that the first round of Tru Vue-funded Continual Professional Development Grants have been awarded.

Tru Vue Inc has partnered with the Institute of Conservation to provide funding for mid-career conservators from across the globe to attend professional development
events such as conferences and training courses. This is very welcome as there are very few sources of funding for this kind of training and employers’ training budgets
have been drastically reduced in recent years.

We had 17 applications for the first round of grants. A total of 10 grants were awarded. Grants ranged from £900 to £200.

The recipients are:

Helen Warren              Preventive conservation short course                    
Kasia Bernaciak  Conservation of Glass Course
Beky Davies  Preventive Conservation short course
Patricia Falcao  iPres Conference in Australia
Tristram Bainbridge  Stichting Ebenist 12th International Symposium
Sonja Shwoll Chemistry for conservators’ course
Sylwia Bronchard Conservation in Museums course
Sarah Foskett IIC 2014 Hong Kong Congress
Emma Le Cornu IIC 2014 Hong Kong Congress
Sarah Jane Benson ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference

The next window of opportunity for our mid-career CPD grants is 1st November to 1st January. Visit our Tru Vue CPD Bursaries page to find out more.

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.


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