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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. 


Conference 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, as well as a small poster session. We are hoping to offer optional tours on the days before and possibly after the conference, dates and times to be confirmed.

We will also feature a dedicated student session. Students currently enrolled (or enrolled at the time of this announcement) in a conservation training program are invited to submit abstracts for this session. If selected, their contribution will be published in the proceedings as abstracts. 

Submission details

All professional paper contributions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the scientific committee, published in colour preprints, distributed in hard copy with attendee registration packets. Prospective descriptions of the accepted papers and posters can be found at the bottom of this page.


  • Autumn 2018:  Call for papers has now closed and authors notified
  • 4 February 2019: Applications due for Nigel Williams Prize 
  • 5 March 2019:  First draft manuscript due date
  • 22 April 2019: Deadline for poster submission. In this extended call for posters, we will be giving preference to student projects


  • 15 May to 14 July 2019: Early bird ticket sale with the distribution of the final programme and tours
  • 15 July onwards: General ticket sale

Please note: speakers, co-authors and poster presenters are required to pay the delegate or student fee as applicable. The fees are used  to cover the cost of lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee for three days and peer-reviewed hard-copy conference publication. Due to the number of papers and posters accepted, unfortunately we cannot offer discounts at this point.


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 located in the Bloomsbury (central) area of London and is the first national public museum in the world. Its permanent collection contains 8 million objects and holds one of the most comprehensive ceramics and glass collections worldwide.

The British Museum has also one of the oldest and largest conservation departments in the world. Since 2014, the department has been based in the British Museum’s new state-of-the-art World Conservation and Exhibition Centre (WCEC). As part of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to visit the conservation studios and see the ongoing conservation work.

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. 


Images copyright to 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.