Main content


A One-Day Symposium On 'Devotional Objects'

Icon Gilding & Decorative Surfaces Group

From: Friday 06.03.20
at 9:30am
To: Friday 06.03.20
at 5:30pm

Little Ship Club

Upper Thames Street




Icon Member £52

Non Member £60

Students £47

Event type: 
Event language: 

The aim of the symposium is to bring together conservation and non-conservation professionals with an interest in the preservation of objects that carry intrinsic sacred value. Talks will investigate the role of the conservator, the relevance of source communities, the influence of host institutions or private owners, and ethical consideration involved in the preservation of artefacts and collections intended for worship.

Event description: 

Research into materials, techniques and ethical decision making will fuel ongoing discussion on the preservation of devotional objects throughout the day, and afterwards at the reception.

The event will be chaired by Icon Chief Executive, Sara Crofts. We have an exciting programme of talks including:

  • Anne Bancroft, Senior Conservator, Victoria and Albert Museum, The observances required to preserve the sacred
  • Loredana Mannina, Conservation Officer, Historic Collections, Houses of Parliament and Subject Leader, Leather Conservation, Università di Torino and Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale, Turin, The wooden sculpture of water-moon Guanyin from the Song period of China. Decision making and conservation treatment of a Buddhist figure from a (private) western collection
  • Alex Owen, Organics Conservator, British Museum, and Jessica Mantoan, student, City & Guilds of London Art School,The conservation of an early C14th Japanese figure depicting the Bodhisattva Seishi
  • Teresa Heady, Senior Textiles Conservator, Organics Conservation, British Museum, Shaping the Sacred: Conserving highly damaged Thangkas
  • Maria Sanchez Carvajal, Freelance Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Conservator, Knole Conservation Studio, Catholic Devotional Images in Spain: A brief approach to their current understanding and restoration
  • Maila Salmaso and Ona Curto Graupera, Two treatments in comparison: A wooden sculpture of Saint Gerald Majella and a plaster cast of the Madonna and Child
  • Alicia de la Serna Saenz , Collection Care Assistant, Houses of Parliament, Balancing values when dealing with a collection of Torah scrolls
  • Irit Narkiss, Stephen Welsh, Susan Martin, Gillian Smithson and Mark Furness, Manchester Museum, The Return of Cultural Heritage Project: What does it take to unconditionally repatriate?

Abstract submissions are still being considered, so please contact if you are interested in speaking.

Lunch and tea are included in the ticket price.