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Pathway Week 2020

Pathway Week 2020

Pathway Week 2020 will take place from 20th to 24th July and will be a week-long series of talks and virtual networking opportunities designed to support Pathway members in their continuing professional development and their journey towards becoming Accredited members of Icon.

The theme of Pathway Week 2020 is 'collaborative working'. Across six online sessions, delegates will be given the opportunity to hear from speakers discussing everything from how to make the most of the Pathway through to hearing about complex multi stakeholder collaborative projects.

Tickets are free for Pathway members.

Tickets for Associate members cost £20, alternatively for an additional £10 members can upgrade to Pathway at the checkout to access all the benefits of Pathway membership. 

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Full programme
Speaker biographies
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Full programme


Making the most of Pathway membership
Sarah Peek ACR and Patrick Whife

Are you a Pathway member but are not sure how to plan your next steps? Have you signed up to work with and Icon mentor but unsure how to get the best out of the relationship? Through this session we discuss why Pathway membership was introduced, how it differs from what was in place before as well as discussing how you can make the most of what the Pathway has to offer to support you as you go through the accreditation process.

Working with an Icon Mentor
Jevon Thistlewood ACR and Kris Zykubek ACR

Jevon (mentor) and Kris (mentee) will reflect on their experiences of working together as mentor and mentee, how they began working together and how the relationship ultimately supported Kris in becoming an Accredited member of Icon.


Experiences of Icon Accreditation

Recently Accredited members of Icon will share their experiences of going through the accreditation process. Through this session they will give examples of projects which they included in their applications form, highlighting how they addressed the Icon Professional Standards as well as drawing out how they drew out their professional practice at their assessment.

My experience of accreditation as a Library conservator: an evaluation of Project C: the treatment of fragile substrates
Shona Hunter ACR

Jordan's Shell House, early 19th century folly glazing
Sarah Knighton ACR

The conservation, reconstruction and display of the Rugby Radio Coil, Science Museum, UK
Diana Davis ACR


Conversations between Architect and Client: The development of the Lambeth Palace Library and Archive
Lara Artemis ACR, Sara Crofts and Stephen Smith

The new Library and Archive at Lambeth Palace is due to open in 2020. Through a discussion between Client (Lara Artemis ACR) and Architect (Stephen Smith), this session will explore how both parties have been able to work closely together throughout the development project. In particular this will consider the common skills for approaches, areas of tension and debate and ultimately how this close collaboration has been crucial for the successful development of the project.


Teaching Ceramics conservation at Dubrovnik University
Jasmina Vučković ACR

In January this year I was invited as a guest lecturer to the Art and Restoration Department at the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. I spent a week there; in the mornings delivering lectures and practical workshops and, in the afternoons, learning about their rich cultural heritage and its preservation. This opportunity came as a direct result from meeting some of their staff at the joint Icon/ICOM-CC Ceramics and Glass groups conference at the British Museum only 3 months earlier. Extending professional network proved invaluable not only for exchanging ideas and practices during my weeklong visit but has also opened new avenues for further collaboration.

Developing a manual for Firearms Conservation
Lauren Piper ACR

In 2019 the Royal Armouries Museum hosted a one year Icon Traineeship in the Conservation of Arms and Armour funded by the Clothworkers Foundation. When reviewing our existing training package my colleagues and I felt that the format and content of training for firearms conservation in particular was no longer fit for purpose. This training had previously been delivered via a brief PowerPoint presentation followed by informal practical sessions. Firearms can understandably be intimidating to non-specialist conservators and although PowerPoint can be an effective teaching aid, in this context I deemed such a method of delivery to be inappropriate. This presentation describes my project to design and implement a more accessible training format, a firearms workbook, and the collaborative approach that fed into the process.


Pathway member projects

Quick fire presentations (PechaKuchas) from Pathway members drawing on collaborative projects they have worked on. Do you want to deliver a PechaKucha? 20 slides for 20 seconds each (which are timed to keep you on track!). You can discuss anything you want to, be it a recent project you've worked on, engaging the local community or even a reflection on something you have done to support your professional development. There are one or two slots still available - if you're interested please email with your suggested title. 

Conservation of a map by George Tremaine
Julie Niven

Current stone conservation research at Historic England
Clara Willett

Investigating the Mystery Warrior – A Collaborative Project
Dr. Eric Nordgren

Mission: conservation! Reminiscing about the unexpected landing into caring for Contemporary Art and Preventive Conservation
Loredana Mannina

Virtual coffee and networking

Drawing the week to a close, it will be time for a coffee break and the chance to talk with other Pathway members. This will give you the opportunity to network, share your views and ask questions to help you on your journey towards becoming Icon Accredited members.


Speaker biographies


Lara Artemis is an accredited Conservator and has been working as the Senior Conservator at Lambeth Palace Library, London since 2018. She previously managed Collections Care at the Parliamentary Archives and has practiced as a library and Archive conservator at the British Library, Wellcome Collections and the National Archives, Kew; as well as undertaken freelance consulting in management and parchment conservation. Lara’s specialism is as a parchment conservator, and frequently teaches this. Her career has focused on library and archive conservation and preservation, including leading teams through change and covering project management for large scale collection moves and risk management. Lara sits on the Accreditation Committee as the panel reviewer for book and paper; she has been a Fellow of IIC since 2019; and previously supported Icon as a co-editorial panel member for Icon Publications.


Sara Crofts is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, internal operations and external relations at Icon. She manages a team of 12 and works closely with the Board of Trustees and Board committees. Sara trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in building conservation and is an SPAB Lethaby Scholar. She is member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a Council Member of Europa Nostra and Chair of Europa Nostra UK.


Diana Davis is an accredited large objects conservator and holds the current position of Head of Conservation at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. She leads the team responsible for preventive and interventive conservation of the museum’s collection of historic ships and submarines and associated objects. She has previously worked as a conservator for National Museums Scotland, the Science Museum and English Heritage, and prior to this her background was in commercial archaeology.


Shona Hunter completed an undergraduate MA in Fine Art at Edinburgh University in 2005, and a postgraduate MA in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper at Northumbria University in 2008. Since graduating she has worked for several cultural heritage organisations in the UK. Those roles included: Project Conservator at Glasgow School of Art, where she treated plans from the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia archive; Archive Conservator at the Highland Council; Paper Conservator for new acquisitions at Tate; and Senior Archive Conservator at Cumbria Archive Service. In 2014 Shona was appointed to her current role, as Paper Conservator at the National Library of Scotland. She became an accredited member of Icon in 2019.


Icon Accredited conservator. BA Hons. Architectural Stained Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University, 2005 – 2008. Chemistry for Conservators Course, International Academics Projects, 2016. Awarded the 2016 “New glass artist of the year” accolade by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. Winner of the 2016 Steven’s Competition and Prize for Presentation. Sarah began as a trainee conservator at Holy Well Glass in 2008.


I completed my postgraduate conservation studies in 2011 at the Università di Palermo, in Italy, where I also gained the official accreditation in 2013. I gained professional experience both in private practice and public Institutions, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, La Venaria Reale Conservation Centre and the Houses of Parliament.

I took up the position of Conservation Officer for the Historic Collections of Furniture and Decorative Arts at the Houses of Parliament in 2019, moving from treatment conservation to preventive conservation. I am lecturer in Leather Conservation for the students of the MS in Conservation at the Università di Torino, presenting and teaching new skills and techniques to undergraduate students and prepare both theoretical and practical workshops. I’m passionate about mentoring young professionals and have enjoyed supervising post-graduate conservation students in their final year internship from UCL since 2015.


Julie Niven currently works on contract as a paper conservator at Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has an MA in Conservation of Fine Art (Works of Art on Paper) from Northumbria University. Previously, Julie was a post-graduate intern at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, and volunteered/interned at Kamloops Museum & Archives in British Columbia, the Mining Institute in Newcastle, Manchester City Galleries, and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. Julie previously worked as a signmaker and sign production manager, and has a BFA in printmaking.


Eric brings over 20 years experience as an objects conservator working with museums, universities, heritage agencies and private practice in the US, UK and around the world. He has conserved objects from Roman swords to components from an Enigma machine and has a strong interest in the scientific understanding of materials as it informs conservation with a particular focus on metals.

A former Senior Conservator at the Mariners’ Museum, Virginia, USA, Eric began his conservation training at University College London in the 1990s. He followed this with internships at the British Museum, a Getty Internship at the University of Chicago and experience working with the National Museum of Beirut, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology-Egypt and many other organizations including the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and Historic England.

Since 2012, Eric has focused on conservation research, teaching and consulting in the UK, completing a PhD on iron corrosion and conservation at Cardiff University. He currently focuses on delivering practical laboratory, workshop and lecture-based conservation teaching at West Dean College while keeping active in conservation research and practice.  

As well as being a Pathway member, Eric is active in the Icon Metals and Heritage Science Groups, AIC and ICOM-CC.


Sarah began her career as an Art teacher working with primary age children in the US before moving back to England to attend West Dean. For nearly 20 years she has run her own commercial conservation studio in Brighton looking after ceramics during auction process, for exhibition, private collectors and lovely members of the public. Sarah is an Accredited conservator and Chair of the Icon Accreditation Committee.


Lauren Piper is an Accredited Conservator at the Royal Armouries in Leeds where she has worked since 2014. After graduating with an MA in ‘The Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects’ from Durham in 2012, Lauren was appointed as conservator for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, based at Clifton Park Museum. In her role at the Royal Armouries Lauren is responsible for the remedial conservation of arms and armour as well as supporting the programme of preventive collections care. Object treatments often call upon a range of specialist skills including mail making and re-leathering as well as the disassembly/reassembly of firearms.


Stephen is an Architect with experience in both Listed Buildings and New Build Projects; designing spaces for Special Collections, Museums, Galleries and Higher Education often within occupied buildings and sensitive sites. Stephen has expertise Special Educational Needs and Community projects; and innovation in sustainable design. Stephen studied Architecture at Cambridge, MIT and Harvard and has tutored design studios at Cambridge. As a consultant to the Glasshouse Community Led Design Stephen has provided facilitation, research and design guidance roles.

Recent projects include the Library and Archive at Lambeth Palace, Magdalen College Library in Oxford, The Enterprise Hub for the Royal Academy of Engineering, Pallant House Gallery and the British Academy.


Jevon joined the Ashmolean Museum’s Conservation Department in 2007 as the Conservator of Paintings. Earlier in the same year he became an accredited conservator. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Sculpture Studies. He also has a master’s degree in the Conservation of Fine Art (Easel Paintings) from the University of Northumbria. Research projects are wide ranging and include paintings from Antiquity to the present day. Jevon is an Icon mentor.


Since completing MA in Conservation studies through University of Sussex in 2010 Jasmina has been working at the Sarah Peek Conservation, a well-established studio for conservation of ceramics and related materials in Brighton. For the last two years she has also been working part-time as a Subject Tutor at West Dean College, Chichester. Jasmina is a mentor and assessor for Icon Accreditation.


Patrick is Icon's Training & Development Manager for Icon where he manages the delivery of Icon Accreditation, Icon's Internship Programmes as well as providing support and oversight for all matters Professional Development. Patrick started his career working in urban regeneration, evaluation and community development programmes across the UK and Europe before moving into the further education sector where he oversaw grant funded vocational training programmes and apprenticeships.


Clara has 20 years’ experience in architectural conservation; first as a hands-on conservator and manager in private practice and with Historic England (formerly English Heritage) since 2003. She has expertise in the deterioration and conservation of stone, render, lime mortars, fibrous and lime plaster, brick, terracotta, thatch. She has been an active Icon member for much of that time, including an enjoyable and rewarding time on the Stone and Wall paintings committee.


Kris Zykubek ACR, MSc, was employed as Microbiologist in Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun in Poland in Department of the Conservation of Paper and Leather (2003-2005) and also as Specialist in Microbiology and Preventive Conservator in Central Archive of Historical Records in Warsaw in Poland (2007-2008).  Both vacates have been founded by the Polish Government Project: “Acid Paper. Assessment of destruction and microbiological infections of books and archives” Kris is also author and co-author of publications in the area of biodeterioration of wall paintings, paper and problems of fungal bioaerosols in archival stores. In 2003-2006 he worked voluntarily as a Preventive Conservator in the Polish State Archives and in the Parish Museum in Raciazek in Poland. Kris also built his experience as a Stone and Architectural Details Conservator working in the private sector in Lublin, Bialystok and Warsaw in Poland. Since 2008 he works as Senior Conservator for Cliveden Conservation Workshop in Taplow.  Since 2017 as Professional Accredited Conservator-Restorer and Accredited Member of The Institute of Conservation.


Book your ticket

Tickets are free for Icon Pathway members.

Tickets for Associate members cost £20, alternatively for an additional £10 members can upgrade to Pathway at the checkout to access all the benefits of Pathway membership. 



2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of Icon Accreditation. Throughout 2020 we will be celebrating the successes of professional conservators and highlighting the impact that Icon Accreditation has had on the conservation profession and for the care of our cultural heritage. Please click here to find out more >>