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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.

Icon's new website set to launch this July 

Icon is to launch a new website this summer, which we hope will reflect the dynamic and outward-looking nature of conservation in the 21st century.

As many of our members will know, we invited tenders in December last year, and this February appointed Kolab Digital to design the new site. Kolab is a fairly young business based in Poole, Dorset with an office in Hatton Garden.

In March we held a workshop with Kolab and the pace has since been hectic. We are currently surveying the ‘wireframes’, which are used to develop the overall structure of the site, and working on the final graphic design concept.

Representatives from each of Icon’s specialist groups were invited to attend a presentation on 29 March, to obtain their suggestions for the new site. Nine members from eight of Icon’s groups attended, along with members of staff from the Icon office. The workshop was a great success, and many positive ideas were put forward.

The new site will be based on the Drupal 7 content management system, which is not only very powerful and flexible but also very easy to use. More information and training will be given to groups’ editorial teams very soon.

In another exciting development, Katie Allen joined us in late March as our new Digital Content Officer. You will be hearing a lot from Katie as she will not only be running the new website but she will be generating social media output alongside Michael Nelles, Membership Manager, and Alison Richmond, Chief Executive.

The new site will be very “image rich”, with plenty of opportunities for photos and videos of the conservation community and their work. Please send anything you think might be of interest to Katie.

The website is schedueled to launch this July. Check back to hear more about the developments.


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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