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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.

Recognition for heritage in Queen's birthday honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015 has shone a light on the outstanding conservation and restoration work being undertaken at present in the UK heritage sector.

To the great delight of Barley Studio in Yorkshire, their Founder and Managing Director, Icon member Keith Barley ACR is to receive an MBE "for service to cultural restoration and conservation". The honour follows conservation treatments undertaken by Barley Studios at both St Nicholas, Stanford on Avon and St Mary, Fairford. The work carried out at Fairford earned Barley Studio the National Award for Conservation, presented jointly by the Jerwood Foundation and the Museums and Galleries Commission, in 1998.

Barley said he was "surprised and enormously delighted". He said he was particularly pleased with the citation for both restoration and conservation, as it reflects his desire to treat stained glass windows as a work of art rather than merely an object of antiquity.

Having begun his career as the first apprentice of the newly formed York Glaziers Trust, based at York Minster, Keith became the pioneer of using environmental protective glazing to preserve vulnerable medieval windows.

Icon member Sarah Brown, Director of the York Glaziers Trust, commented: "The sensitive approach to the balance between conservation and restoration achieved by Barley Studio at Stanford on Avon and Fairford revealed to many the capacity of stained glass conservation to transform public engagement with the medium."

Also an ambassador for our built heritage, Dr Loyd Grossman OBE, FSA, will receive a CBE for services to heritage. Currently Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and of the Heritage Alliance, Dr Grossman is also President of NADFAS.

Other accolades in the arts and heritage sector include, Mrs Philippa Glanville, for services to the Decorative Arts and Arts Heritage (London); Ms Perdita Hunt, DL Director and Mrs Gergaud, Watts Gallery, for services to the Arts (Godalming, Surrey); Dr Maria Jane Balshaw Director, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, for services to the Arts.



Online petition to include cultural heritage research in EU Framework Programme

Ensuring the inclusion of Cultural Heritage Research  in the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (HORIZON 2020) 
Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Its a cause for regret that
cultural and natural heritage are not mentioned explicitly in the European Commission proposal; this has serious consequences as the whole basis for funding the conservation of cultural heritage in Europe may be compromised for many years to come. Members are encouraged to sign the  online petition addressed to the European Parliament and the European Council pleading strongly for the inclusion of cultural heritage research in HORIZON 2020.

In signing this petition, you support that the EU fully acknowledges its responsibilities to put cultural heritage research back on its agenda and to include it in the next Framework Programme.

Almost 6.000 people have already supported the petition but more signatures are needed to ensure further promotion of cultural heritage research. The call will be online until the end of April, therefore we kindly ask those of you who have not signed yet to do so and also alert other people by forwarding the link below to your network:

Please post this link and message using also your social network contacts.

Thank you very much for your support.

Kind regards

-              Johanna Leissner and Constanze Fuhrmann, Fraunhofer Brussels Office,
-              Isabel Rodriguez-Maribona Galvez, Tecnalia, Spain
-              Pedro Martin Lerones; Cartife Technology Centre, Spain
-              Maite Berasategui, Acciona, Spain
-              Antonia Moropoulou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
-              Paulo Lourenco, University of Minho, Portugal
-              Adriana Bernardi, National Research Council/Institute of Atmospheric 
               Science and Climate, Italy
-              Roberto Di Giulio, Alessandro Massarente and Keoma Ambrogio, University
               of Ferrara, Italy
-              Katarina Malaga, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
-              Myriam Crolard, Saint-Gobain, France
-              Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Ministère de la culture et de la communication,
-              Rob van Hees, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
               TNO, Netherlands
-              Jacques Akerboom, Monumentenwacht, Netherlands
-              Roko Žarnić, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
-              Vlatka Rajčić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
-              Alison Richmond, Institute of Conservation, UK

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