The Conservation Register provides a reliable way for members of the public and other clients to easily identify and contact an accredited professional to help them care for the objects they cherish. This helps to ensure that cultural heritage in private ownership is conserved to appropriate standards so that the objects and collections can be enjoyed by future generations. Maintaining the Conservation Register ensures that Icon can fulfil its vision for cultural heritage to be valued and accessible and for its future to be enhanced and safeguarded by excellence in conservation.
The following organisations support the principle of the Conservation Register and have offered their endorsement because they share Icon’s commitment to professional accreditation and high standards of conservation.
- English Heritage
- Historic Houses
- Landmark Trust
- National Trust
Icon also has very good relationships with the grant-making trusts that value professional accreditation highly. The Pilgrim Trust is a key supporter, which is why they provided funding for the redevelopment of the Conservation Register.
Several other organisations, including AIM, the Idlewild Trust, the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and Art Fund, also stipulate that conservators working on funded projects should hold ACR status.
Whilst other funders, such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, do not require conservators to be accredited, we do know that making a commitment to commissioning ACRs helps to strengthen an applicant’s bid because it helps demonstrate that risks to cultural heritage are being reduced.