You don't need to be an Icon member to write for our publications! We are keen to hear from conservators, heritage scientists, academics, students and volunteers. When you share your successes, news stories, policy insights, and the energy and time you put into each, it gives us the raw material we need to promote conservation to the widest possible audience – pushing public awareness of what conservators do, and why it’s so important.
If you have a story or an interesting project you want to share with the conservation community and with the public, you can:
Icon's magazine is published quarterly and covers the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage in the UK and abroad. Each issue contains in-depth features alongside popular regulars such as news, updates from Icon’s specialist Groups and Networks, business advice, career spotlights, interviews, public affairs and policy, and much more.
If you would like to submit a news item or article, please email editor Karen Young, giving a brief overview of what you would like to contribute.
What can be submitted?
We welcome suggestions but typical submissions include:
News items (including Icon Group/Network news and Improv): 200-300 words
Features: 400-500 words per page
Please send images as separate email attachments. If you are supplying more than two images, please send via WeTransfer or similar. JPEGs or TIFFs are the preferred format and all images for print should be high-resolution (preferably 1MB+). It is important that you have obtained any relevant permissions, licences and/or picture credits for images supplied.
The Journal of the Institute of Conservation invites contributions from all those involved in the conservation of cultural heritage and related activities.
Areas of interest include:
If you would like to write for the Journal, email the editor Jonathan Kemp to discuss your proposal or, after consulting the Instructions for Authors, submit your full article using our online system.
Icon and its special interest Groups and Networks run an extensive programme of events.
If you'd like to be a speaker at one of our future events, contact us - we're keen to hear ideas. Some options include:
Icon’s trustees are responsible for shaping our vision and mission and for approving and monitoring our annual business plan.
Donations can help Icon make a real impact in promoting conservation and protecting our precious cultural heritage. Our membership fees cover less than 50% of our costs. We rely on donations and bequests in addition to generating income through events and advertising. Contact us if you want to find out more.
Many members report being part of a group committee as a rewarding experience. Members get involved to learn new skills, broaden personal and professional networks, and to give something back to the profession.
Keep an eye on the Groups' webpages and Iconnects for any vacancies - or contact the committee directly. The Group commitee roles are Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Officer and Social Media Officer.
The role of the Accreditation Committee (AC) is to ascertain whether an applicant is awarded ACR status.
The AC meets twice per year (May and November). The AC is formed of a Chair, Three Vice Chairs and Ordinary members each representing a different conservation specialism. When positions become vacant an open selection process is run to recruit new volunteer members to join the committee. Find out more here.