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


Conservation for Digitisation - a Collaborative Internship, by Emma Skinner 

Via Zoom 

The Emerging Professionals Network is pleased to bring you the Conservation for Digitisation Webinar. The event will be led by Emma Skinner showcasing a personal reflection on the emerging discipline of Conservation for Digitisation based on her internship experience at The British Library, The National Archives and Bodleian Libraries over the last two years. Emma will explore what the digitisation of cultural heritage is and why it is important, as well as exploring what is Conservation for Digitisation and what skills are needed to be a Digitisation Conservator. She will divide the complex, multi-disciplinary digitisation workflow into its component parts in order to aid understanding. Each stage will look at how the Conservator's role is integral to project delivery, ensuring material is digitised safely and the best image possible can be captured. The talk will conclude with some lessons learnt, hopes for the future and an overview of what are perceived to be some of the key challenges that lie ahead for the heritage sector in terms of access to and the preservation of heritage collections. The conception of the internship will be discussed by Virginia Llado-Buisan, Head of Conservation & Collections Care at the Bodleian Libraries.

The Conservation for Digitisation Internship, generously funded by the Clothworker's Foundation, was a joint venture between three leading UK library and archive institutions who are all leading the way in the digitisation of cultural heritage. It consisted of complimentary, yet distinct experience, over two years and consisted of nine months at The British Library, nine months at The National Archives and six months (extended to nine due to lockdown) at Bodleian Library. The aim was to provide an emerging conservation professional with the necessary skills to support digitisation work, demonstrating the need for and value of experienced conservators in the digitisation field, but also to highlight that a new conservation career pathway has emerged in recent years, as a result of the ‘digital shift’.

We warmly invite you to join us by registering on


Icon EPN Webinar Series - Project Presentations - 19th October 2020 - Call for Papers 

Via Zoom

The Icon Emerging Professionals Network, together with Icon Scotland, is delighted be running our 3rd Project Presentations Webinar to present projects or research that you have on the go.  This online event is an opportunity for students currently writing their dissertations and early career professionals to practice presentation skills, share their ideas and receive some feedback.

This is an informal event; presentations don't have to be long and can vary in length from 10-15 minutes. We welcome a range of topics and themes, so this might be a project you have completed at university, work, or something you are working on at home.

If you would like to participate in the EPN Webinar series please send your proposals (max word count of 250 words) to us at

Final submission for proposals is the 4th October 2020.

If you would like to listen to the presentations, we warmly invite you to join us by registering on


Icon EPN Network - Call for Projects!

Got an interesting project that you'd like to share? Then please tell us about it!

The EPN would like to share and celebrate the great work carried out by our network members and are looking for contributors. This might be a project you have completed at university, work, or something you have on the go at home.

We recognise that many of you may have had your studies disrupted or find yourselves with a little more time on your hands due to the Covid-19 outbreak. So, if you would like to be featured on the Icon website and our Facebook page, please fill out this form and send it back to us at

Thank you,

The Icon EPN Committee


Icon Emerging Professionals 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.

And remember, 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!


Complete our Survey - we want to hear from you!

In June 2019 we presented at Icon's Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice. Through our talk we highlighted some of the challenges emerging professionals face, as well as looking at what opportunities are open to those starting their career in conservation. Much of what we discussed came from feedback given through our online survey and those of you we have spoken to, alongside our own experiences. We are always looking for feedback so if you haven't already, please complete our survey or get in touch! You can access the link below:


Useful Resources

We have put together some documents that aim to help emerging professionals with career development. As we grow as a network, we aim to add to our shared resources so please keep checking back here for any updates. And if there is anything that you think we can add to our resources, please let us know!