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Our activities aim to build the network and help our members to grow and progress within their careers. Our current areas of focus include:


Icon Emerging Professional Network Meet-Up Series:

The Icon Emerging Professionals Network (EPN) is excited to announce a new series of informal events to help early career conservators meet one another and gain advice on soft skills and professional development. Each Meet-Up will be hosted by Icon EPN team members in UK cities, but we also encourage anyone to host their own Satellite Meet-Up in their hometowns! We want to get as many emerging professionals as possible together, so we can share our ideas, concerns and current work.

Icon EPN Meet-Up 1: Portfolio session

Wednesday May 8th

London, Lincoln +

Our first event will look at the dreaded portfolio! Come along to our events in Lincoln or London with your portfolio for some informal discussion, drinks and nibbles. We’ll also have some more experienced conservators on hand to offer advice. Or if you aren’t based in London or Lincoln, please organise your own Satellite Meet-Up. Even if you don’t have a portfolio feel free to come along and meet some like-minded people, and perhaps get some portfolio ideas in the process.

LONDON: 6 - 7.30pm, Room 609, Floor 6, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0PY.

Limited cold drinks and nibbles will be provided. Let us know if you can make on our London Facebook event page.

LINCOLN: 5 - 7pm, Coffee by the Arch, 9 Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3DE.

Delicious food and drinks available from the cafe. Let us know if you make it the Lincoln event on the Lincoln Facebook event page.


If you’re interested in hosting your own event please get in touch at, or via our Facebook page. We want to see as many Satellite Meet-Ups as possible springing up over the UK!


#Icon19 Conference - 12th-14th June 2019:

We will be attending this years Icon Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice.

Taking place in Belfast in June of this year we will be holding a panel discussion about starting a career in conservation.

We will also be presenting at #Icon19. Through our talk we hope to highlight some of the problems and opportunities emerging professionals face. Much of what we discuss will come from feedback given through our online survey and those of you we have spoken to, alongside our own experiences. So if you haven't already, please complete our survey or get in touch!

We have organised a meet and greet during the conference as part of our Icon EPN Meet Up Series:

Icon EPN Meet-Up 2

Thursday 13th June, 7.30pm

Belfast +

Our second event will be a Meet-Up in Belfast during the Icon19 conference. We also encourage those unable to attend the conference to organise their own Satellite Meet-Ups in your hometowns. We want to use the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible – let’s build our community of Emerging Professionals!

BELFAST: Granny Annies, 81 Chichester St, Belfast BT1 4JE

We’ve got a space booked – more info on how to find us nearer the date. Granny Annies serves food and drink, so you can eat and chat! Let us know if you can make it via the Belfast Facebook event.


If you can’t make it to Belfast, but want to organise your own Satellite Meet-Up - get in touch. We’ll help you to advertise it so you can meet as many early-career professionals from your area as possible!


We look forward to getting to know you. Any questions, just get in touch via email at or via our Facebook page at