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Icon Archaeology Group 2020 AGM

The Icon Archaeology Group AGM took place on 29 September via Zoom. 

Following the AGM we were delighted to host several guest speakers:

Lorraine Finch, Icon Trustee and accredited archives conservator, who gave a presentation about the newly formed Environmental Sustainability Network.

Michael Nelles, Head of Membership at Icon, who provided an update on the new Conservation Register.

To conclude the meeting Sara Crofts, CEO of Icon, gave a short presentation to AGM attendees.

This programme replaced the original Icon AGM programme focusing on the Havering Hoard, which would have taken place at the Museum of London.


Icon Archaeology Group Twitter Conference

Archaeological Conservation in the 21st Century

The Twitter conference took place on Friday 29 May 2020 (#IconArchTC). We had an exciting line up of 18 international tweeters presenting a large array of subjects: from coin hoards to cannon shot, Iron Age assemblages to iron chain mail and community conservation to composite objects.

For more information see the conference programme and abstracts.  The conference was reviewed in Icon News (89).


Icon Archaeology Group and Metals Group 2020 Conference

The ICON Archaeology and Metals Groups held a one-day conference on 24 February. The day comprised presentations by international speakers on the post-excavation conservation, investigation, storage and archiving of archaeological metal objects. There was a particular focus on recent Cardiff University research into the use of desiccated microclimates to store iron and copper alloys. The conference took place at Museum of London, Mortimer Wheeler House, and the day ended with guided tours of the Museum of London Archaeological Archive, the largest archaeological archive in the world.

Please scroll down to the Documents section at the bottom of this page to see the programme, speakers' biographies and abstracts.


Icon Archaeology Group 2019 AGM Event

AGM and exhibition visit (8 August 2019, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The 2019 Archaeology Group AGM took place in Oxford at the Ashmolean Museum.   Attendees had the opportunity to visit the excellent Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition and the Ashmolean's well-appointed conservation studio to discuss the conservation work that had been carried out on objects from Pompeii.  Prior to the AGM, delegates were treated to further presentations by members of the Ashmolean objects conservation team.  The event was reviewed in Icon News (85)


Icon Archaeology Group 2018 Conference

Whose find is it anyway? Revisited (6 December 2018, Birmingham)

Every year thousands of objects are discovered by metal-detector users, field-walkers, people walking, gardening or just going about their daily work. These finds are often acquired and displayed by local and national museums with the support of conservators. The Icon Archaeology Group held a one-day conference focusing on the discovery, conservation and study of such finds, including coin hoards. Themes included working with volunteers and aspects of public engagement. After a day of fascinating talks the afternoon included a tour of the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (MCC) or a tour of the Staffordshire Hoard.

A PDF of the abstracts is available.

The conference was reviewed by Kimberly Roche, Conservator, MSDS Marine.


Icon Archaeology Group 2017 AGM Event

AGM and Forum (16 June 2017, Museum of London Docklands)

This year the Archaeology Group AGM took place in London at the Museum of London Docklands and was combined with a seminar discussing Archaeology on Display. Talks covered topics such as the redisplays at Jorvik, Hadrian’s Wall and the Mary Rose, exhibitions containing human remains at Bristol’s M Shed and the public display of conservation in museums.

Talks were followed by a chance to see the exciting new exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail​ which displayed the range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The artefacts helped to explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners, ranging from Mesolithic tool-makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.


Icon Archaeology Group 2015 AGM Event

Archaeological Archival Storage: Problems, Potentials and Solutions (16 June 2015, Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex)

This event reviewed the current status of archaeological archives in the UK and presented case studies showing how this material might be managed, made accessible and its value realised, through effective storage, documentation and public engagement. 

PDFs of presentations are listed in the Documents section below, which also includes a summary of the discussions that followed the presentations and a review of the event.