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The Group was founded (as a UKIC Section) in response to the growing emphasis on project based conservation especially within historic buildings. The Group's aim is to bring together conservators and other specialists from a wide variety of disciplines and to foster the exchange of ideas and information. It also hopes to provide both practical guidance and moral support and to help raise the profile of conservation in a wider context.
Members include a wide range of practicing conservators, architects, archeologists, curators, interior designers and many others actively involved with Historic Interiors

Events are a mix of the serious and the fun: a conference at West Dean, a costume dinner, a seminar at Apsley House and an evening reception atop the Wellington Arch.

We always welcome ideas and suggestions and encourage members to share interesting case studies, topics for discussion, information and news.

Forthcoming Events  


Regency Interiors 

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Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Friday 28th March 2014

The Sixth Annual Cambridge Conference of the Historic Interiors Section of Icon will continue the section’s chronological survey with an examination of the distinctive and often exotic interiors of the Regency Period (1795 – 1837).  Papers will be presented by a range of multi-disciplinary speakers who will consider the stylistic and technical developments of wall papers, furniture, frames, decorative surfaces and textiles during this period with reference to recent research and conservation projects. 

10.55-11.25 - Steven Parissien – Introduction to the Regency Period

11.25-12.00 - Alexandra Loske - Carmine, Lake, Vermillion, Crome Yellow and other expensive colours: The influence of colour theory and pigment production on the decorative schemes of the interiors of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton 

12.00-12.45 - John Hartley & Adrian Smith - The Restoration and Conservation of a Suite of Gillows Furniture at Nostell Priory

15.30-15.45 - May Berkouwer – Mrs Hurst Dancing – a light-hearted look at Regency Life in the Country.

15.45-16.15 - Richard Humphries - Revolution for Regency Silk Weaving: Troubled times as Essex/Suffolk weavers pull away from Spitalfields, to weave sumptuous silks

16.15-16.45 - Andrew Bush – Not just stripes - paper hangings in the early 19th century 

16.45-17.15 - Gerry Abalone – Regency Frames – new developments in style and materials

The one-day conference entitled Regency Interiors will be held at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on Friday 28th March 2014.  The day includes lunch at Corpus Christi College and visits to selected Regency interiors in Cambridge.  After the conference delegates wishing to join the supper party to continue the conviviality, are invited to enjoy a glass of prosecco as they are taken by punt to a local Italian restaurant.

For a conference programme with list of speakers click here 

This year we are reducing the conference fee to enable more participants to attend. The conference fee, including lunch, is £65.00 for members and £85.00 for non-members (students £35.00). 
The evening, including punt, prosecco and pasta, will cost £30.00.

Accommodation: Rooms at St Catharine’s College may be booked in advance for the nights of the 27th and 28th March ( ).

Please book early as places are limited.  Cheques should be made out to ‘Icon (Historic Interiors)’.  Please include your Icon membership number on the reverse of the cheque.

For further details contact Mette de Hamel 40 Lansdowne Gardens, London SW8 2EF  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Tel. 0207 622 1620

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