Conference Programme


We are delighted to announce the programme for our upcoming conference, Icon24: Conservation for Change.

We have curated a dynamic agenda featuring insightful sessions, engaging speakers, and valuable networking opportunities. Have a peek below!

Day 1 – Tuesday 2nd July
9.30am – 5.00pm followed by our Summer evening drinks reception from 6pm – 8pm.

Welcome and introductions

Icon Chair of Trustees, Emma Chaplin, and CEO Emma Jhita will open this year’s event and set the tone for an inspiring two days.

Session 1: Engaging your audiences – conservation and beyond

This session will explore the different ways conservation practice can be used to engage and develop audiences.

Keynote speaker: Bernard Donoghue OBE, Director and CEO, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)


  • Natalie Brown - A five-year review of collection care audience development at The National Archives
  • Flavia Ravaioli ACR - Practice-based research and engagement in conservation
  • Tze Ching Wong (Hazel) & Jane Henderson ACR - 3D virtual conservation  - a new pathway for audiences to engage in conservation decision-making
  • Ayesha Fuentes - Please touch the art: Handling, access and creative reactivation as strategies for knowledge exchange and dynamic preservation

Session 2: Future resilience and sustainability

This session will explore the different forms that resilience and sustainability can look like for the conservation sector.

Keynote speaker: Dr Sarah Posey, Director Cultural Property, Arts Council England

Panel discussion with panellists:

  • Lorraine Finch ACR
  • Daniel Miles
  • Dr Helen Wilson ACR

... and more to be announced!

Session 3: Partnerships and collaboration

This session will outline what partnership working can bring to conservation practice and what conservators can bring to a collaborative project.

Keynote speaker: Nadine Thiel, Stadt Koln


  • Angela Middleton & Carola Del Mese – In at the deep end: The Rooswijk project - An international, collaborative project
  • Kirsten Ramsay & Penny Fisher – Conservation of The Bicycle Wall Mural: An unlikely partnership, saving an iconic example of The Milton Keynes Public Art Project
  • Rebecca Tehrani & Alison Heritage - The ICCROM Heritage Samples Archives Initiative: Promoting the sustainable use of non-renewable knowledge resources.

Summer evening drinks reception

The perfect opportunity to network, reflect on the day, and enjoy drinks and nibbles on the Royal Geographical Society garden terrace. It will also be the chance for you to chat with our exhibitors and sponsors in an informal setting and take part in our informal networking opportunity. Further special guest speakers to be announced soon. 

Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd July 2024
9.00am – 4.30pm

Welcome and introductions

Join us as our conference Chair sets the scene for day two of Icon24.

Session 4: Engaging with communities – conservation and beyond

In this session we will explore how conservation can be a vehicle to connect with under-represented voices and subjects with communities.

Keynote speaker: Robin Dhar BA Hons, DipArch, RIBA, RMaPS, Director, Donald Insall Associates


  • Amanda Sutherland ACR & Paul Rash – The conservation of the Hawker Hawk Mk50 aircraft: G-HAWK/ZA101 
  • Anisha Parmar & Melangell Penrhys - Who Cares Now and Who Wears Now? Bringing Cultural Care into a Colonial Collection.
  • Jessica Stitt ACR & Gabriella Misuriello - The Churches Conservation Trust strategy: Sustainability through community engagement

Session 5: Workforce development

Keynote speaker: Emma Callaghan

Presentation title: The Cultural Heritage Conservator Apprenticeship: A force for change in the conservation sector?              

Discussion panel – this session will explore the ways to support training and development, the commitment needed from employers, the value that trainees offer and an assessment of the reality of work-based training in the UK and internationally.


  • Emma Callaghan
  • Catherine Cartmell
  • Phil Pollard
  • Diane Gwilt
  • Gail Birkin
  • Ozge Nur Yildrim

Session 6: Impact and performance

This session will demonstrate the power of conservation for change both within the sector and beyond.


  • Stephanie de Roemer - Conservators as agents for change: facilitating growth and impact across society
  • Kerith Schrager & Kate Fugett - Conservation as a Means of Community Engagement and Healing through Visible Preservation Practices in Difficult Heritage Collections
  • Charles Wellingham & Dr Daniel Winder - Stanley Halls: A case study of conservation and social impact

Session 7: … To Be Announced!

To be announced shortly!

Closing remarks

Join Icon’s Chair of Trustees, Emma Chaplin as she brings Icon24 to a close with reflections on the two days and what is coming next across the conservation sector and beyond.