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Become an Icon member

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Get the inside track!

Icon is the leading voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. We raise awareness of the cultural, social and economic value of caring for our heritage and champion high standards. Icon connects the public to high quality conservation via quality assurance of all Icon accredited conservators.

Icon membership embraces the entire conservation community as well as non-conservators who are keen to learn more or show their support for conservation work. So why not join us and become part of the team?

Member benefits

Icon members receive a variety of benefits including:

  • Icon’s bi-monthly magazine - Icon News - sent straight to your door with the latest on conservation case studies, interviews, reviews and analysis.
  • Three yearly editions of the Journal of the Institute of Conservation - a fully peer-reviewed publication focused on the preservation of cultural heritage in all its forms and featuring innovative research and practice-related articles.
  • Weekly Iconnect Jobs bulletin and access to the Jobs section of the Icon website, featuring conservation vacancies across the UK.
  • Regular email notifications of upcoming events, courses, news and workshops - as well as a monthly Iconnect roundup.
  • Discounted admission to all Icon events (as well as many group and partner events).
  • Access to Icon’s sixteen specialist groups and their vibrant range of events and networking opportunities.
  • Option to join the PACR Pathway to receive specialist mentor support on your way to becoming an Icon accredited conservator (Associate members only).
  • Ways to make your voice heard: Voting rights in Icon’s Annual General Meetings, a say in electing new trustees and the chance to take part in internal consultations and surveys around the state of the profession.


Membership types

All Icon members are subject to Icon’s Professional Standards and Code of Conduct.

Accredited members: £200

Accredited members are quality assured by Icon - meaning they have been assessed and reviewed by a panel of their Accredited peers, and are subject to regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) recall. Note that Associate membership is a prerequisite to applying for accreditation.

Associate members: £113 (or four payments of £28.25)
Associates are usually professional conservators. From this category, Icon members can apply for their Accreditation.

Student members: £54 (or four payments of £13.50)
Students are those who are enrolled on a course, or working an entry-level conservation internship.

Supporters: £54 (or four payments of £13.50)
Supporters are not professional conservators, but are those excited about conservation and keen to engage with the sector.

For more information on membership types visit our “About members” page.

Payment methods

Icon’s membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March.  Full membership dues are applicable to all those joining throughout the year.

Memberships can be paid in quarterly instalments:

  • 30th April
  • 31st July
  • 31st October
  • ​31st January

To pay in quarterly instalments direct debits must be enacted by 15th April. Memberships enacted after 15th April will be collected in three instalments or fewer according to the quarterly periods remaining in the year.


Concessions and tax claims

A concessionary rate is available for Associate Members who are earning less than £20,000 pa. Proof will be required upon application.

Student Members will also need to provide relevant documentation.

If you are a UK taxpayer, and you are paying your membership fees yourself, you can claim the tax back on your Icon membership subscription, as HMRC recognise Icon as a Professional Body. More information on how to claim tax on membership subscriptions can be found at the HMRC website.


For any membership-related queries, please contact the Membership Team:


Photos: Adapt & Evolve Conference 2015 c. Paul D Rowland

Choose from the following membership types:

Associate Member

What you get:

Journal of the Institute of Conservation (print & online)
Icon News 
Iconnect bulletin
Iconnect Jobs bulletin
Access to members-only website features
​Voting rights
Option to join PACR Pathway

£113 Or four payments of

Student Member

What you get:

Journal of the Institute of Conservation (print & online)
Icon News
Iconnect bulletin
Iconnect Jobs bulletin
Access to members-only website features

£54 Or four payments of


What you get:

Icon News
Iconnect bulletin

£54 Or four payments of

Organisational Subscriber

What you get:

Journal of the Institute of Conservation (print & online)
Icon News
Access to members-only website features

£450 Apply