Get involved with Icon

Opportunities to write for Icon or engage with our specialist groups and committees


Write for Icon

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:

Write for the Icon website

 We regularly feature conservation news and stories on our website to showcase the impact of conservation to the public. Email Geanina Beres (Communications Officer) with your idea at [email protected]


Write for Icon News

Icon News covers all aspects of the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage across the UK. Each issue contains news, features, updates from Groups and Networks, practical advice and listings of upcoming events, awards and scholarships.

To contribute news or a feature to Icon Newsemail editor Lynette Gill to discuss your ideas.

What can be submitted?

  • Articles on recent initiatives, special treatments or interesting projects
  • Group and Network updates
  • Reviews of recent conferences and other events
  • Book reviews


  1. Read previous copies of Icon News to get a feel for the kind of article you want to write.

  2. Think about the readership - not all Icon readers are practising conservators. Those who are cover a wide range of specialisms. Make the article as accessible as you can, unless you are intending to be technical and aiming for the In Practice slot.

  3. Make it readable - do not recycle a dissertation or project/treatment report because it will read like one.

  4. Keep it concise – keep to the point and make every word count.

  5. Footnotes, references or bibliographies should be avoided, unless it is really novel or original material – Icon News is not an academic journal.


Word Count

News items: 200-300 words


  • one page (one image): 600 words
  • one page (no images): 800 words
  • three pages (with images): 1500-1800 words

In Practice (with images): 600-1500 words



Send images as separate email attachments, not embedded in the text or in the body of an email. JPGs or TIFFs are preferred. Photographs should be as high a resolution as possible.

Write for the Journal

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:

  • Understanding cultural heritage materials and their degradation;
  • Subject reviews and histories of cultural heritage materials and conservation treatments;
  • New, innovative or improved approaches to conservation and collections care theory, practice, communication, management and training;
  • Conservation in its wider context

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.


Speak at an Event

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:

  • talks (e.g. discussing a case study)
  • workshops (e.g. running a business)
  • present a paper or project at a conference


Become a Trustee

Icon’s trustees are responsible for shaping our vision and mission and for approving and monitoring our annual business plan.


Fundraise for Icon

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.

You can set up your own fundraiser to fundraise for Icon by clicking on the 'Fundraise for this charity' button on our Crowdfunder page here. You can download the Crowdfunder fundraising pack here



If you are an Icon member:


Stand for a Group Committee Role

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.



  • Icon's Student Mentor Programme is offering 25 students or recent graduates the chance for 1-to-1 support from an experienced Icon conservator. You can volunteer to mentor a student for 6 months, with meetings taking place online. This is flexible and you can meet how often you want. Read more about the programme here.
  • Icon's Pathway Mentor Programme offers support to Pathway members working towards accreditation. Find out more here.


Accreditation Committee

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.