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The Conservation Register
An easy way to find experienced and professionally qualified conservators in the UK and Ireland; also a source of guidance on caring for possessions.

AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc. is the peak body for materials conservation practice in Australia. AICCM has an ongoing interest in raising both the profile of the conservation profession and promoting the skills and professionalism of its members. It is the national organisation for conservators and people interested in the preservation of cultural material.

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations.

Anna Plowden Trust
This Trust operates a grant programme for the primary training of conservation students by awarding grants towards the cost for fees for full or part time conservation courses. It also helps conservators in the private sector to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences. In addition there is currently a grant for raising awareness of the contribution made by the conservation profession toward safeguarding of the national heritage. The Trust also supports the Conservation Award for Innovation and Research in Conservation.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England now represents museums, having assumed some of the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), on 1 October 2011.

British Association of Paper Historians
The BAPH aims to bring together individuals, companies and institutions with a common interest in paper in all its forms and diversity, papermaking by hand and machine, conservation, mill and company histories, papermakers, their families and communities, machinery manufacture and development and watermarks.

The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network is desctribed as the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property. A worldwide network of libraries and documentation centres contribute data on their combined holdings, including previously unavailable material from private sources, to the BCIN database.

British Horological Institute
The BHI is a membership body for those involved in horology, whether professionally or recreationally.

British Library Centre for Conservation
Conservation at the British Library is carried out by skilled professional conservators. We have a policy of minimal intervention to preserve the cultural and historical context of the item. However in some cases more complex treatment is required. The skill, knowledge and experience of our staff may lead to the decision not to treat an item; or to provide it with protective housing rather than undertaking remedial work. Our studios are housed in the British Library Centre for Conservation and on the sixth floor of the main St Pancras building.

Buildings Conservation

Information resources for conservation, restoration and repairs

Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC)
The CAC aims to further the dissemination of knowledge concerning the conservation of Canada's cultural property and heritage. See also the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC) , which is dedicated to the accreditation of professional conservators and the maintenance of high standards in conservation of art and cultural property in Canada.

The CBA is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

From leading-edge research to innovative approaches, the Canadian Conservation Institute is recognised as a pioneer in the conservation of cultural heritage. See especilially their excellent Bookshop and Technical Notes.

CSCS is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which offers cards for access to building sites.

Centre for Sustainable Heritage
The UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage is an interdisciplinary academic group whose contribution to a sustainable future for cultural heritage involves an MSc in Sustainable Heritage, collaborative, scientific, engineering, technological, environmental and preventive conservation research and publications, short courses, public lectures, advice and consultancy.

Collections Link
The new national advisory service for collections management managed by Collections Trust in partnership with the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and the National Preservation Office (NPO).  Providing fast, easy access to current best practice in 16 areas of professional collections management, all of the content of the site is provided by authoritative national bodies and experts with years of experience in their field.

Collections Trust
The aim of the Trust is to deliver programmes which help people connect to culture, and which enable people working in cultural heritage to improve the quality of their services.  To achieve this, Collections Trust provides advice, support and guidance to professionals and the general public to help them achieve the highest standards in the management of their collections. 

Conservation OnLine
A vast source of information about conservation, providing access also to the Conservation Distribution List (Cons DistList).

Conservation and Art Materials Dictionary
CAMD is an electronic database that provides technical information about historic and contemporary materials used in all aspects of the conservation, preservation and production of artistic, architectural and archaeological materials.

Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi
The CVMA is an international research project dedicated to the publication of medieval stained glass. Its website includes important papers on stained glass conservation. It also contains a superb file of images.

Digital Preservation Coalition
The DPC is a cross-sectoral membership organisation launched in 2002 to foster joint action to address the urgent challenges of securing the preservation of digital resources in the UK and to work with others internationally to secure our global digital memory and knowledge base.

The European Commission on Preservation and Access promotes activities aimed at keeping collections in European archives and libraries accessible over time. Books, documents, photographs, films, tapes and disks are all subject to decay. The digital revolution has introduced new problems of obsolescence of soft- and hardware. In order to keep our documentary heritage available for future generations of users, large-scale programmes must be developed for its preservation.

The European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations seeks to develop and promote, on a practical, scientific and cultural level, the profession of Conservator-Restorer of Cultural Property.  Icon withdrew from membership in September 2007. 

This is a network organisation of higher educational institutions in the field of conservation - restoration. Its objective is to promote research and education in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

Getty Conservation Institute
The Getty Conservation Institute works internationally to advance the field of conservation through scientific research, field projects, education and training and the dissemination of information in various media.

Heritage Alliance
The Heritage Alliance, established in 2002 as Heritage Link, is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the independent movement in the heritage sector. It represents some 90 members – major national and regional independent organisations (including Icon), from larger bodies such as the National Trust, to many smaller organisations such as the Association of Building Preservation Trusts – which are in turn supported by over five million members, thousands of local groups and over 450,000 volunteers

Heritage Funding Directory
Managed by The Heritage Alliance and supported by the Country Houses Foundation, the Directory is a free, easy to use guide to potential sources of support, financial and otherwise, for anyone seeking to undertake projects related to the heritage of the United Kingdom. As well as detailing sources of grants from trusts and foundations, the Directory also lists organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other “in kind” resources. This Directory covers wider categories of heritage include historic landscapes, parks and gardens, churchyards and cemeteries, industrial heritage, archives, historic churches, museums, archaeology, environmental, heritage skills and conservation.

Formally known as the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, ICCROM has a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage. It currently comprises over 100 Member States. It has five main areas of activity: Training, Research, Information, Co-operation and Advocacy.

The main objective of the Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in Ireland is to promote for the benefit of Ireland the preservation of Historic and Artistic works therein

The Conservation Committee of the International Council of Museums holds triannual meetings (in 2008 in New Delhi) and has numerous working groups covering virtually all conservation specialisms. It has 22 specailist Working Groups. ICOM also has national groups such as ICOM-UK


The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works promotes the knowledge, methods and working standards needed to protect and preserve historic and artistic works throughout the world. It runs a biannual congress and publishes Studies in Conservation and Reviews in Conservation. The next Congress, Conservation and Access, will in September 2008 will be held in London.

The IHBC is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish Professional Conservators’ and Restorers’ Association is a forum for those professionally engaged in the preservation of Ireland’s man made heritage. IPCRA members work in the public and private sectors, and include craftspeople, conservators, architects, museum staff and experts in fields as diverse as gilding, bookbinding, china, glass, woodcarving and musical instruments.

Natural Sciences Collections Association
This promotes research and exchange of ideas, advances in technical and ethical standards and raising the public profile of the conservation and preservation of natural science collections and objects.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
This Trust offers scholarships to fund further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills.

Society of Archivists
The Society of Archivists is the principal professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections is a multidisciplinary organisation for those interested in the development and preservation of natural history collections. Natural history collections include specimens and supporting documentation, such as audio-visual materials, labels, library materials, field data, and similar archives.

Tate Conservation
An introduction to the work of Tate's Conservation Department, including Frames, Paintings, Paper, Science, Sculture, Time-based Media and the Workshop.

The Gabo Trust
The Gabo Trust was founded in 1988 by the family of the sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1977). Aware of problems with new materials in modern and contemporary sculpture, they intended that the Trust should increase resources for sculpture conservation in institutional collections, and support for the further education of professional conservators.  The Trust supports conservators for further training, conferences, workshops and bursaries.  The Trust favours applications that have a relevance to modern and  contemporary sculpture, although inevitably many have a wider application.

The Radcliffe Trust
The Radcliffe Trust, established in 1714, supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s traditional cultural heritage and crafts sectors. This includes support for craft and conservation training, for practical projects, particularly those that include a strong training element, and for strategic projects which demonstrate clear benefits to individuals and to the sector. 
Deadlines for applications to the Heritage & Crafts programme are: January 31st for the June Trustee meeting; July 31st for the December Trustee meeting.

The Royal School of Needlework
The Royal School of Needlework is the international centre for teaching hand embroidery to the highest technical standard,offering day classes, short course, longer certificated courses and a two year Foundation Degree.  The RSN Studio is unique in Britain, with its highly skilled professional hand embroidery team, and exceptionally large workroom space, enabling it to undertake all types of commissions including large scale projects.
The Studio has a wide experience of working on new commissions, and historical embroidered textiles for civil, military and religious regalia, vestments and furnishing;soft furnishings for interiors; as well as household linens, hangings, samplers and needlepoints, and christening gowns; liasing with our independent conservators as and when required.

VDR - Verband der Restauratoren
The VDR is the conservators' and restorers' Association of Germany. Its 3.500 members work in public and private sectors and are diversified in 20 different specialized fields. The VDR runs a biannual international congress and publishes studies in conservation and restoration. The next congress is in September 2007 in Bonn.

The Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship (ZGTF) is an educational grant giving charity supporting conservation students in the UK who wish to widen their practical skills with an overseas placement.

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