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The aim of our Group is to provide a forum for discussion and debate on the subject of gilding and decorative surfaces which covers a wide range of objects. We organise study days, workshops and educational visits. These events, such as our conference in 2013 which was held in London, bring our members, as well as others working in the field of conservation, together to share their knowledge and concerns. We also organise social gatherings in interesting venues in order to bring members together in an informal atmosphere. We keep members informed of conferences, exhibitions and educational courses in related fields.  

Upcoming Events


Frames Conservation at the National Portrait Gallery

Address: Frame Conservation Studio, National Portrait Gallery, 39 – 40 Orange
Street, London, WC2H 7HS.

Date: Thursday 24th July 2014

Time: 14.30 - 16.30 followed by afternoon tea in the Portrait Restaurant.

Price: £20 ICON members
£15 Student members
£25 Non members
Ticket prices include afternoon tea.

Booking: To secure places please email Fiona Hay: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The National Portrait Gallery houses an exceptional collection of British frames
ranging from the early 16th Century to the present day.

The Frames Conservation department is responsible for the care and conservation
of the gallery’s collection of frames. The conservation studio on site has recently
undergone a major transformation, creating purpose built studio spaces suitable for
their conservation needs.

This event will provide an opportunity to visit the new studios, meet the Frames
Conservation Team and discuss current projects being undertaken. The focus of the
session will be the NPG’s approach to preparing frames for external loan or display
at venues with limited environmental controls.

Following the studio visit, afternoon tea will be served at 16.30 in the Portrait
Restaurant, offering a chance to network with fellow group members and colleagues.

15 places available - allocated on a first come first served basis

Additional information: Please meet at the Orange Street Reception entrance at
14.15 pm where visitor passes will be issued.

Call for ideas!

Following our questionnaire in 2010, the committee have endeavoured to run events that fulfil the wishes of the membership. We are now looking for more ideas of what you the members would like us to provide. If you have any suggestions or ideas for visits, courses, lectures, or activities we welcome your input. Please send your ideas to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are comitted to providing a running programme of events, an active ICON group, and a relevant forum for professional development. But we need your help!

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