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The Icon Book & Paper Group Committee are pleased to be able to bring you a series of live streamed talks while many people are required to stay at home during in these unprecedented times. We have been trying to think about what we can do to help support the community of conservators & conservation students, especially mindful of the fact that working or learning at home may mean re-imagining the ways you normally approach your role.

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays (depending on availability) at 4pm (GMT) we will have lectures on our Zoom webinar platform. Anyone may register, and up to 500 people can be in the audience for each one, based on first arrivals at the time of the lecture. If speakers are willing, we will also record the talks and post them below, so others can see them later. We will try to keep this up for as long as we’re isolating, as long as there is interest. They will be completely free to join for everyone, not just Icon members.

If you are interested in giving a talk, see details at the bottom of the page.

The upcoming sections of our series is as follows, with joining links for each under the details. Overviews and speaker bios for each talk can be found by clicking the link as well. 

2. Tuesday, March 31st, 4pm GMT

Fiona McLees ACR, Paper Conservator, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

From author’s draft to select library holding: the metamorphosis of Franz Kafka’s manuscripts

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.


3. Thursday, April 2, 4pm GMT

David Mills, Scientist

Digitisation without disruption

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.


4. Tuesday, April 7, 4pm GMT

Arantza Dobbels, Project Conservator, The National Archives, & BPG Student Liaison Officer

Introduction to Icon for students

You can register to join this webinar by following this link.


Joining a webinar

We recommend you start getting set up around 15 minutes before the webinar is due to start. All our webinars are streamed on an online platform called Zoom, which is free to download. Once you click the link, Zoom will begin downloading (if you don’t already have it, in which case it will simply open). You will be given access once the webinar is ready to begin. Places are limited, so only the first 500 people to log in will be able to attend live.




Previous lecture recordings

1. Thursday, March 26th, 4pm GMT

Andrew Honey ACR FSA, Book Conservator, research and teaching, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

‘Torn, wrinkled, stained, and otherwise naughty sheets’ – how should we interpret paper faults in seventeenth-century paper?





Potential speakers

Please email Holly Smith & Abby Bainbridge at, or tweet/DM Abby at @bainbridgecons. We are open to talks from conservators and people who work with conservators (curators, librarians?), geared towards conservators at all stages of their career—including students/prospective students. It can be a talk you’ve given already or something new. The software has the capability to share your screen, so the presentation would look like your Powerpoint or similar with a voiceover, or the video of you talking, or both. Participants can send in questions that you can answer in real time or at the end. We will run through a trial webinar with speakers beforehand so you’re comfortable.

Please note

We will do our best to keep to the schedule but, depending on everyone’s health and work situations, we may need to make changes, even at the last minute.  


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