20th Anniversary of Icon Accreditation

Celebrating the successes of professional conservators

20th Anniversary of Icon Accreditation

2020 marked the 20th Anniversary of Icon Accreditation. Over the last 20 years, more than 1,100 professional conservators have been Accredited though the rigorous peer assessment system led by professional conservators. To celebrate this anniversary, throughout 2020 we  celebrated the successes of professional conservators and highlighted the impact that Icon Accreditation has had on the conservation profession and for the care of our cultural heritage.

To read more about what it means to be an Accredited conservator and to find out the history of Icon Accreditation please visit the 'What is Icon Accreditation' webpage.


Demonstrating the impact of Accreditation: Across Icon News and the Icon website we will be telling the stories of Icon Accredited members, demonstrating how Icon Accreditation has impacted upon the conservation profession.

Rebranding of Accreditation: The development of a new logo for the use of Icon Accredited members which clearly links Accreditation back to Icon and the high professional standards of professional conservators.


Icon ACR Conference: The fourth annual ACR conference will explore the theme of 'Communication, language and impact'. The ACR conference is designed specifically to support Icon Accredited members in their continuing professional development.

Pathway Week 2020: Throughout the week of 20th July 2020, a series of webinars and networking opportunities will take place to support Pathway members on their way to becoming Accredited members of Icon.

Guidance and support for professional conservators: 2020 will see the launch of the revised Icon Professional Standards (which are regularly reviewed) as well as the development of the new Icon Ethical Guidance.


Virtual Open Studios: Accredited conservators across the country will be opening their virtual doors to the public to show the work of Accredited conservators, and how the maintenance of high professional standards has positively impacted on the work of professional conservators.

Conservation Register relaunch: The newly redeveloped Conservation Register provides a listing of all Icon Accredited members, allowing members of the public and those commissioning conservators to clearly and easily find the right professional for them.