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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.


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If you have been trying to get in touch, please bear with us.

We have been contending with an intermittent email server outage since Friday afternoon, and have not been receiving emails since this time.

The problem is being urgently investigated and we hope it will be resolved shortly.  In the meantime, please accept our apologies for any delay in responding to your messages.

We can still be contacted by phone at 0203 142 6799. 

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Heritage Crafts Association announces fund for bursaries and awards

The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce that up to £99,500 of awards and bursaries will be available for people working in traditional skills. This is the first time such a large sum of awards and bursaries has been made available to craftspeople.

Awards are available for study in any heritage crafts as well as specifically in stone masonry, embroidery, paper and textile conservation, calligraphy and lettering, and artisan foods.

For more information about the awards and bursaries, visit the website.

Tickets now on sale for 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture

Come join us in Edinburgh this November!

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th Annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture.

This year, Gael de Guichen, Adviser to the Director General of ICCROM, visits us from Rome to present some reflections on the influence and legacy of Harold Plenderleith, a man considered to have pioneered the conservator's approach to conservation.

Gael is one of the most respected and influential authorities in the field of conservation, possessing a wealth and breadth of experience in the discipline.  Throughout his long and interesting career he has held - amongst other posts - Director of the Collections Unit of ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.

The event will take place on Thursday 27th November at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

See you there!

Icon launches dedicated War Memorials listing on Conservation Register

Just in time for the centenary commemoration, Icon has launched a dedicated War Memorials conservation listing on the Conservation Register.  War memorials come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from impressive monuments in stone to framed Rolls of Honour, tapestries, clocks and paintings.  All pose different conservation challenges.  The new War Memorials listing will act as the primary reference point for local communities, organisations and individuals looking to access specialist expertise to preserve their monuments.  Take a look!

We're hiring!

Icon is recruiting a part-time Digital Content Officer to assist with implementation of Icon's digital media strategy, and the migration to a new website.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering all day-to-day aspects of Icon's digital media strategy, maintaining and updating the Icon website; maintaining Icon's social media profile including Twitter and Facebook; supporting the development of the new website and managing the site once the migration is complete. The successful applicant will work two days a week from Icon’s main offices in London.  Salary is pro rata to £25,000 plus 6% pension contribution.

Closing date is 31 August, with interviews to take place on 10 September.  For more information, including details on how to apply, click here.

Icon announces new professional development fund for conservators

Tru Vue Inc has partnered with the Icon to provide funding for
mid-career conservators from across the globe to attend professional development
events such as conferences and training courses. This is very welcome as there are very
few sources of funding for this kind of training and employers’ training budgets have
been drastically reduced in recent years.

There will be a formal application process with three deadlines a year. Grants will range
from £300 to £900 and there will be between 10 and 20 grants per year.

Click here to find out more, and download the guidelines and an application form.

Dr Jim Tate wins 2014 Plowden Medal

Dr. Jim Tate, formerly of National Museums Scotland, has been awarded the Royal Warrant Holder Association’s 2014 Plowden Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of conservation.  

The Plowden Medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession and whose nomination would be widely welcomed within the conservation community.  The award covers all aspects of conservation be they practical, theoretical or managerial – and is open to those working in private practice or institutions.

In a press release, the Royal Warrant Holders Association explained, 'As a physicist, Jim Tate has used his extensive knowledge of science to great effect.  His collaboration and work within and out-with the conservation sector has been one of his real strengths, whilst much of his scientific research has been conducted on a collaborative basis.  Extremely focused on raising the awareness of conservation, he has co-published around forty papers and articles and has been involved in the organisation of conferences, seminars and events as well as the promotion of conservation and conservation science in Scotland and beyond.'


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