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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.


Adapt & Evolve: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation

This conference aims to explore the introduction, formalisation and evolution of East Asian materials and techniques that have become part of paper conservation practice across the globe. During the conference, speakers and delegates will look into how these practices, materials and techniques have been adapted and developed within the conservation of Western book and paper collections.

SAVE THE DATE - Icon Book & Paper Group Conference
Date - 8 - 10 April 2015            Place - London

The language will be English

Registration for the conference will open in August 2014

Call for papers to be published April 2014

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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).

English Heritage National Heritage Protection Plan – Consultation

English Heritage is inviting comments on NHPP. Kate Pugh of Heritage Alliance writes: ‘As the Plan moves into its second phase and is given yet more prominence as the basis for the new Historic England’s corporate plan, it is essential that we make our views known. 

Icon will be submitting its response and will be contributing to Heritage Alliance’s submission.Click here for background and here for the survey.

“The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review”

Arts Council England publishes “The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review”
Focusing on the impact arts and culture has on the economy, health, wellbeing, society and education, the review presents research that helps demonstrate the importance of arts and culture on society. The research also highlighted gaps in the evidence base. In autumn 2014, ACE will open a research grants programme that invites arts and cultural organizations, higher education institutions, consultants, think tanks, foundations and trusts, along with consortia or partnerships of these bodies, to develop research proposals that will improve the evidence base.
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Congratulations to IfA!!

Congratulations to IfA!!

The Institute for Archaeologists have been awarded a royal charter. Icon has been watching progress closely, as this may be something that Icon considers at some point in the future. In the meantime,  this is a huge step forward for both the Institute and the profession of archaeology - with impacts across the heritage sector and we send our very best wishes to our colleagues at IfA.

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