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Institute Of Conservation

Icon promotes the long term preservation and conservation of cultural heritage; advances knowledge, education, training and research in conservation; raises awareness of the importance of caring for heritage; and represents the public interest and the conservation community on issues of concern across the wide range of heritage conservation sectors and disciplines.

The conservation of objects and collections protects the things people value. It enables the care and safeguarding of our tangible cultural heritage, from cherished family heirlooms to historic sites and national treasures.

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is the professional body supporting and promoting the practice and profession of conservation. We support and develop our members through their conservation careers, enabling them to work to high standards of professionalism and practice. We are also the only organisation that professionally accredits conservators.

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. We are grateful for any amount you give as this will help us to do more to ensure that

 Your support could help us to:

  • campaign more effectively for the conservation of our cultural heritage – from family heirlooms, to local history, to national monuments
  • improve skills within the conservation field by supporting conservators on their journey to professional accreditation
  • support our Special Interest Groups and Networks to deliver training events that support the professional development of conservators and heritage scientists
  • provide specialist mentoring to conservation professionals starting out on their career journey