The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals
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
Choosing the right qualifications and training to suit you
Kick-start your career in conservation
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.
You may also wish to check out the following schemes:
- The Stationers’ Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme – conservation students have been awarded the scholarship in the past.
- The Stationers’ Company Scholarships and Awards – the financial assistance and major awards are open to conservation students.
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!
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
- AATA Online – Abstracts of International Conservation Literature: http://aata.getty.edu/NPS/
- BCIN – Conservation Information Network: http://www.bcin.ca/
- JSTOR – More than a thousand academic journals, with access to full text pdfs (good for Archaeology, Architecture & Architectural History, and Art & Art History): http://www.jstor.org/
- arthistoricum.net – aims to provide a comprehensive record of art history publications: http://www.arthistoricum.net/
- Cultural Heritage Search Engine (Preservation and Conservation Database) – Not really a search engine, but a database of useful resources: http://www.culturalheritage.net/
- ChemSpider – chemistry search engine indexing chemical structures and their associated information into a single searchable repository: http://www.chemspider.com/
- OpenDOAR – searchable directory of open access repositories, providing access to academic articles on a wide variety of subjects, including conservation: http://www.opendoar.org/
- Pigments Through the Ages - information on pigments, including histories, chemical formulae, methods of production and further technical detail: http://webexhibits.org/pigments/
- The Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/aat/?find=object&logi c=AND¬e=&page=1
- Mineralogy database: http://webmineral.com/
- ArtLex – Art dictionary: http://www.artlex.com/
- Artcyclopedia – Online Art encyclopaedia: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/
- Roberts & Etherington – Bookbinding and the conservation of books: a dictionary of descriptive terminology: http://cool.conservation-us.org/don/don.html
- CAMEO – Conservation and Art material Encyclopaedia Online: http://cameo.mfa.org/
- Art and Restoration Glossary: http://www.art-conservation.org/GLOSS_Paint.html
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
- Chantry Library Catalogue – available via SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) via http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
- British Library Catalogues: http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/catblhold/all/allcat.html
- V&A National Art Library Catalogue: http://www.vam.ac.uk/nal/catalogues/index.html
- Copac – search UK University and national library catalogues: http://copac.ac.uk/
- SUNCAT - The Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community is a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK. http://www.suncat.ac.uk/
- WorldCat – search for items in libraries near you: http://www.worldcat.org/
- ICCROM library catalogue: http://www.iccrom.org/eng/02info_en/02_01library_en.shtml
- 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. http://www.heritageportal.eu/
- Art History Resources on the Web: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html
- Image Permanence Institute - this portal is devoted to scientific research in the preservation of visual and other forms of recorded information: https://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org/
- ICOMOS Open Archive - Eprints on Cultural Heritage, a global archive specialising in the conservation and restoration of monuments, sites and landscapes. http://openarchive.icomos.org/
- The Open University
- Open Learn – Free Online Learning (see Study Skills) http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/home.php
- Open University SAFARI (Skills in Accessing, Finding and Reviewing Information): http://www.open.ac.uk/safari/
- OpenLearn key assessment unit: information literacy: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2962
- Accessing, finding, and retrieving information: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3513
- Cardiff University Information Literacy Resource Bank: Search Techniques: https://ilrb.cf.ac.uk/searchtech/index.html
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.