Working together to champion the conservation of cultural heritage across the globe
The UK conservation sector is a dynamic and international field. A substantial contingent of Icon’s members (17.5% of the membership in 2019) are based outside the UK. Large numbers of international students come to the UK to study, to undertake research and to develop their conservation skills.
There is also a positive ongoing exchange of knowledge, as UK-based conservators frequently take part in overseas conferences and welcome international speakers to events in the UK. These activities all contribute to strengthening the conservation skills-base and professional expertise internationally.
In 2019, Icon’s Board of Trusteed outlined its commitment to international collaboration by adding an international element to Icon’s Strategy. The International Addendum supports Icon’s work with other international conservation bodies, sets out our strategic priorities for international activities, and helps to expand our reach to deliver on Icon’s vision.
The aims of Icon’s international engagement are to: