The Institute of Conservation is the professional body for
the conservation of our cultural heritage
Welcome to Icon
The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is a registered charity and the professional body for the conservation of our cultural heritage.
Icon raises awareness of the cultural, social and economic value of caring for heritage and champions high standards of conservation.
We represent nearly 3,000 individuals and organisations. Icon’s membership incorporates not only professional conservators and conservation scientists, but many others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage. Most of our members are based in the UK but many also work internationally.
The History of Icon The Institute of Conservation was created in 2005 from the merger of: The Care of Collections Forum, The Institute of Paper Conservation, The Photographic Materials Conservation Group, The Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration and The United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Photo: Maria Pardos Icon/HLF intern c. The Bowes Museum
Work with integrity
We are open and honest and do what we believe is best for our shared cultural heritage, the public and our members.
We value diversity and ensure that opportunities are open to all those who want to care for our heritage.
Be forward-looking and outward-looking
We keep our eyes on the horizon and on the world around us
Both for our organisation and the things we believe in
Be collaborative and generous
We work with our members and partners to share learning and achieve the best results together
Uphold high standards
We value, support and promote the expertise and professionalism of our members and partners
Icon Board of Trustees
Icon is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees with wide and varied experience in conservation