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About Icon's Research

Icon investigates and analyses the cultural heritage conservation sector to deliver unique insight to stakeholders and to target our own activities and strategies. We collaborate with partners across and beyond the heritage sector to plan and deliver fresh research. Through this area of work, we aim to provide an evidence base for policies and practical guidance and to foster greater understanding of conservation.

Current research projects 

Sustainable Workforce Research Toolkit

The Institute of Conservation is partnering with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Historic England to develop a Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Toolkit that will enable the collection, analysis and reporting of LMI within the heritage sector.

The Toolkit will comprise an accessible methodology funded_by_rgb.jpgand survey template that can be used by all professional bodies and organisations wishing to survey the heritage workforce. It will also enable the ongoing collection, analysis and presentation of data on workforce size, composition, skills and trends in employment and education.

The broader objective of our partnership is to support the development and sustainability of the heritage workforce and to inform policy and decision making affecting it. The Toolkit will facilitate research to help inform measures to ensure our workforce is equipped with the right skills and experience to investigate, manage and maintain the nation’s heritage and that it fully reflects the society it aims to benefit.

We will share the Toolkit widely with heritage organisations with the aim of empowering them to independently conduct workforce research on a regular basis. The Toolkit will minimise reliance on external funding, provide a model for sub-sector workforce research and allow cross-referencing and comparison of data that corresponds with both Historic England’s developing approach to LMI, and aligns with Office for National Statistics methodologies and the datasets they provide.

We have appointed Loud Marketing to design and develop the Toolkit. Loud Marketing has considerable experience of working for professional and trade body clients in and out of the heritage sector and a wide range of research project experience.

The Toolkit is expected to be made available in January 2020.

Have a look at out our LMI factsheets to find out more about how individuals and organisation benefit from robust and up-to-date LMI. They are free to download, and we encourage you to use them to tell people why LMI is important!


Past research projects 

Conservation Labour Market Intelligence 2012-2013