Icon Membership: Join the cause and tap into the energy of conservation

It really matters - and we need your help

When you join Icon, you show you care about high quality standards in cultural heritage conservation – and plug directly into global networks giving you the best the sector has to offer.

From networking and events, to career development support, to the latest jobs, news and other opportunities, as an Icon member you'll have direct access to all you'll need to stay in the know, to develop new skills, or to get involved and raise your profile.



Choose from one of five membership categories below or 


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Icon Student/Intern Membership

The next generation of conservation professionals are Icon members learning what it means to be a quality conservator, and getting to know the professional networks that will help them later on.

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Icon Associate Membership

Associate members are professionals in the sector. They know what we mean when we talk about the importance of high quality standards in conservation, and their Associate membership ensures they stay in the know.

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Icon Pathway Membership

Pathway members are engaged and ambitious conservators on their journey to Accreditation - with direct mentoring and support from their Accredited peers to help them meet the high standards involved

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Icon Accredited Membership

Only Icon offers the ACR standard - the mark of the high-quality conservation professional in the UK and abroad

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Icon Supporters

For everyone keen to know more, to keep up with Icon events and support our cause. Icon Supporters are not conservation professionals, but many work in allied professions or just have a real interest in heritage and a passion for its conservation.



Concessions and Tax Claims

A concessionary rate is available for Accredited, Pathway and Associate Members who are earning an annual income of less than £20,000. To apply, simply upload one of the following forms of evidence to the application form

  • HMRC self-assessment income calculation
  • Proof of receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Housing Benefit
  • Copy of your employment contract signed within the last year or a confirmation from your employer on business letterhead certifying your salary
  • P60 or P45

To apply as a Student Member, simply upload a valid student card or official letter of offer confirming the end date of your course or internship.

If you are a UK taxpayer, and you are paying your membership fees yourself, you can claim the tax back on your Icon membership subscription, as HMRC recognise Icon as a Professional Body ('Conservation Institute of').

More information on how to claim tax on membership subscriptions can be found on the HMRC website.


All Icon members are bound to abide by the Code of Conduct and Professional Standards as a condition of membership. The documents set out what is expected of a member of the Institute of Conservation – setting them apart from the rest. In the event of a dispute, Icon’s Complaints Procedure was established to resolve any complaint against an Icon member.


For any membership queries, please take a look at our FAQs page or contact the Membership Team at [email protected] or 020 3142 6799