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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.

Call for Papers: Icon Conference 2016

Icon's third triennial conference will ask the conservation profession to consider its place in a challenging cultural and economic climate.

Turn and Face the Change: Conservation in the 21st Century will take place from 15-17 June 2016 at Aston University Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Papers for both the plenary and group sessions are invited to address the following themes:

  • How can the profession get ahead of the curve and influence decision-making?
  • Is the conservation profession keeping up with changing trends?
  • What will the conservation profession of the future look like?
  • What are the factors affecting emerging professionals?
  • Is conservation in fashion?
  • Is conservation relevant in today's digital world or how do we make it relevant?
  • Does conservation need to challenge the established perception of the profession?
  • What does a modern conservator look like? Have we progressed or gone full circle?
  • What is the changing shape of conservation in the cultural sector?
  • What are the current treatment trends?
  • How is the profession using new technologies, techniques and science?
  • How will the relationship between conservation and craft evolve?
  • What are the current trends in education and training?


Send Plenary session abstracts to by 31 October 2015.

Send Group submissions to your Group Chair by 31 October 2015.

Send abstracts for the Emerging Professionals and Education & Training sessions to Susan Bradshaw by 31 October 2015

Papers will be selected by 30 November  2015


Abstracts should be 150 words and include title, names, addresses and email addresses of all authors and indicate author for correspondence.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference. Booking will open in November 2015.



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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