Student Resources

What is Icon and how we can help you in your professional development?

Patrick Whife, Icon's Head of Skills, talks about what Icon does, the Icon Professional Standards and Accreditation Programme, and the resources and support available through Icon for students and emerging conservation professionals. 


Training and Support


Emerging Professionals Network

The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals

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Training Directory

Choosing the right qualifications and training to suit you


Icon Internship Programme

Kick-start your career in conservation

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Creating a portfolio

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Advice for job seekers

Useful resources and top tips

Student Mentor Programme

With an eye on your transition from student to working conservator, Icon’s Student Mentor Programme is offering 25 graduating students or entry-level conservators the chance for 1-to-1 support from an experienced Icon-Accredited conservator.   


Student Mentor Programme

Apply for the chance to be mentored by an Icon ACR


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Icon Grants

You may also wish to check out the following schemes:

Student Project Gallery

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Student project gallery

Welcome to Icon's student project gallery where you can find information about the projects our student members have completed during their conservation studies

The Student Project Gallery has been designed to provide Icon Student Members with the perfect place to ensure your best work gets noticed. Add your bio, some images and a write up of your project – and publish it on the Icon website!  

The object is to raise your profile and increase awareness of the skills you’ve developed. You can then hyperlink and spread the word far and wide!

To get started, just log-in to the Icon website. From the ‘My Account’ area, click ‘My Project Gallery’ on the left-hand side – and get moving!   

Useful Links

Conservation Organisations Conservation Organisations

Many of these organisations will have a wide range of resources available on their webpages, and becoming a member will give you benefits, such as subscribing to newsletters and publication journals, and discounted events, lectures and conferences. Many offer concessionary membership rates for students and early career conservators.

  • ICOM International Council of Museums
  • IIC International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
  • IADA International Association of Book and Paper Conservators
  • AIC American Institute for Conservation
  • CCI Canadian Conservation Institute
  • ARA The Archives and Records Association for the UK and Ireland
  • NEDCC Northeast Document Conservation Centre
  • IRCI Institute of Conservators-Restorers in Ireland
  • ALCTS Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
  • CCAHA Conservation Centre for Arts and Historic Artifacts
  • AICMM Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material

Bibliographical databases / abstracting services Bibliographical databases / abstracting services

Databases Databases

  • Cultural Heritage Search Engine (Preservation and Conservation Database) – Not really a search engine, but a database of useful resources:
  • ChemSpider – chemistry search engine indexing chemical structures and their associated information into a single searchable repository:
  • OpenDOAR – searchable directory of open access repositories, providing access to academic articles on a wide variety of subjects, including conservation:
  • Pigments Through the Ages - information on pigments, including histories, chemical formulae, methods of production and further technical detail:

Dictionaries, glossaries and thesauruses Dictionaries, glossaries and thesauruses

Funding for individuals Funding for individuals

There may be funding available for specific things you may want to do. Below is a list of charitable trusts that provide funding for individuals. Some have arrangements with specific training providers, others are open to individuals. A list of further funders is available on the grants pages.

  • June Baker Trust
  • Anna Plowden Trust
  • Clothworkers Foundation
  • Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
  • York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmen
  • The Patricia May Memorial Fund
  • The NADFAS Zena Walker Scholarship
  • Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass ▪ Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • David Canter Memorial Fund for Craft Awards

Image gateways Image gateways

Library catalogues Library catalogues

Portals and gateways Portals and gateways

  • Global Conservation Forum run by AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works): Link here
  • Heritage Portal: Heritage Portal aims to provide a platform for sharing news and information on European cultural heritage research, conservation, education, and training.
  • Art History Resources on the Web:
  • Image Permanence Institute - this portal is devoted to scientific research in the preservation of visual and other forms of recorded information:
  • ICOMOS Open Archive - Eprints on Cultural Heritage, a global archive specialising in the conservation and restoration of monuments, sites and landscapes.

Web based tutorials Web based tutorials

Articles and News

Don't forget to check out Icon's Specialist Groups and Networks. Many of these groups have student or emerging professional representatives to ensure the views of students and emerging professionals are effectively represented.

The Icon Book & Paper Group have also put together a page comprising resources for students - many of these focusing on book & paper conservation.