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What is conservation

Conservation is the preservation, protection, care and restoration of our cultural heritage

Conservation of our cultural heritage contributes to education, to the advancement of knowledge, to tourism and to the economy. It ensures that our shared heritage is cared for and protected for the benefit, use and enjoyment of the public today and for generations to come.

What is cultural heritage? 

Icon defines ‘cultural heritage’ as objects or collections, as well as internal and external features of a building, but not the building itself. This can vary from family photographs to rare books to fine tapestries and the interiors of historic houses. We believe conserving our cultural heritage contributes to the enrichment of society.

Photo: Icon intern c. Matt Wreford