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Thank you!

We would like to thank you for attending the 2019 Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation Conference on 5 -7 September at the British Museum.
The conference, jointly organised by Icon UK Ceramics and Glass Group, the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group and the British Museum, aimed to gather an international forum of professionals and students to discuss and disseminate the latest research and projects on the conservation of ceramics and glass, as well as network with one another. A diverse and dynamic range of topics were presented, including innovative approaches to treatments, new tools and applications and the latest analytical and documentation practices. We would like to thank all the speakers for sharing their work with the community. We would like to give special thanks to the British Museum for hosting the event. We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile and that the time together was both productive and fun.

Scroll down to see the conference web page. The conference preprints are available here.


Image by Paul Chirnside

Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation

5-7 September 2019

The Glass and Ceramics Working Group of ICOM-CC, Icon UK’s Ceramics and Glass Group and the British Museum, are pleased to announce the first-ever joint meeting between these parties. 

This conference marks the 5th Interim Meeting of ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics and the 34th year of dedicated events from Icon’s Ceramics and Glass Group. Held at the British Museum, the joint conference promises to gather an impressive group of professionals specializing in the field of ceramics and glass conservation at a prestigious location in the heart of London. 

bm_images_2019.jpgConference goals

  • Present relevant case studies in the conservation of glass and ceramics
  • Disseminate research results
  • Promote the application of new materials and technologies for conservation practice, as well as tools for analysis and documentation
  • Identify further research and provide networking for future collaboration and activity
  • All aspects of the conservation, study, and research of glass- and ceramics-based cultural heritage are welcome, and papers may explore a wide variety of topics. 

Structure and scope

The three-day conference will include thematic sessions for paper presentations and a small poster session, as well as a dedicated student session. The conference schedule and the list of accepted papers and posters can be found here.


The conference will be held at the BP Lecture Theatre in the Clore Centre for Education on the Lower Floor of the British Museum in London, United Kingdom. 

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning, it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today. The collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. As a Museum of the World, the holdings encompass important collections of ceramics and glass across time and cultures. Examples include the largest collection of cuneiform tables in the UK at 130,000 objects, the Sir Percival David Collection of 1,700 pieces of Qing dynasty porcelain and iconic objects such as the Lycurgus Cup, a 4th-century Roman glass cage cup made of a dichroic glass. The British Museum has also one of the oldest and largest conservation departments in the world.

Icon and ICOM-CC would like to thank the British Museum for providing the venue. Without this generous support Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2019 would not have been possible.


The conference includes a fantastic range of tours specially arranged for delegates.

The tours will take place on Wednesday 4 September. You can book your place here. Further details outlining the tours can be found here.

  1.   The Wallace Collection - 10:00 am - 11:30 am- Free
  2.   V&A Glass galleries - 10:30 am - 11:15 am- Free
  3.   V&A Ceramics galleries - 10:30 am - 11:15 am- Free
  4.   Fenton House - 11:30 am - 12:30 am- £8
  5.   Leighton House - 11:30 am - 13:00 pm- £12
  6.   Walking Tours – Cornelissen, Russell & Chapple and Tiranti - 13:00 pm - 15:00 pm- Free
  7.   Museum of London Archaeological Archive - 13:00pm - 14:00 pm- Free
  8.   British Museum – CGM and Stone Conservation Studios - 13:30 pm, 14:30 pm and 15:30 pm (duration 1 hour)- Free
  9.   Contemporary Ceramics Centre - 16:00 pm -16:45 pm- Free
  10. British Museum Islamic Galleries - 17:00 pm - 18:00 pm- Free

We do not plan to have guided tours after the formal conference programme ends on Saturday 7 September.  However, many historic cities and museums are an easy day trip from London by train such as: the Asian Art and Holburne Museums in Bath, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Advanced and Off-Peak train tickets are often discounted, for information visit:

Conference Dinner

Tickets are still available for the conference dinner which will be held on Friday 6 September at 116 Pall Mall, a spectacular Georgian building located in the exclusive St James district of London.

Commissioned by George IV and designed by architect John Nash, the building opened in 1828 as the United Service Club.This Grade I listed building is brimming with opulent interiors and is a popular location for filming television and feature films such as: Downton Abbey, Gandhi, The Dark Knight and Foyle’s War. The Grand Staircase & Gallery is particularly impressive with its sweeping double staircase and 15ft Regency chandelier given by George IV in the early 19th century to the USC to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.

Seats are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. As the main social event during the conference, we are very excited about dining in the Burton Room at 116 Pall Mall and look forward to enjoying a delicious meal with you in this exquisite period setting. 



Organising Committee

  • Lauren Fair, Coordinator, ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group
  • Dana Norris ACR and Tiago Olivera, Co-Chairs, Icon Ceramics and Glass Group
  • Duygu Camurcuoglu ACR, Ceramics, Glass, and Metals Conservator, British Museum


  • ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group webpage can be found here.

For inquiries related to content, contact Lauren (

  • Icon Ceramics and Glass Group main webpage can be found here.

For inquiries related to local organization, contact the CGG Committee (

Grants and Bursaries

Participants may wish to inquire about funding opportunities with the following grant-giving organizations and trusts. This list is not exhaustive and you are encouraged to approach any other organization you may be aware of. 


Other events you might be interested in... 

If you are attending the conference, you might be interested to know that on 4 September 2019 the Society of Glass Technology will be hosting the History & Heritage day at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge. Further information can be found here.


Images copyright:

The British Museum (left) G.139.a (late 16thcentury), Ottoman period; findspot is Iznik, Turkey. Porcelain bowl with saz leaves, blossoms and lozenges of Ottoman poems on ground of curls. Inscription. Lappets and blossoms on foot. Made of black, turquoise, cobalt, red (bole) painted and glazed ceramic, pottery. (right) 1870.0901.1 (175BC-75BC) Hellenistic, originally from Levant; findspot is Rome. Hemispherical mould-pressed glass mosaic bowl with looped lines of opaque white and wine-coloured glass, on a clear blue-green ground. Re-polished on the inside.

116 Pall Mall; Public Domain