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Caring for your collection

Helping you care for your treasured objects

We know that owners of historic objects and heirlooms care deeply about their treasured possessions and want to ensure that they are treated with care and respect. Commissioning an accredited conservation professional is the best way to guarantee that your objects will be in safe hands and will be conserved to appropriate standards.

Icon’s Conservation Register provides access to a full and up-to-date list of all Icon Accredited Members (ACRs). Icon Accredited Members work in a range of settings; some work for museums, galleries or archives and others work in the private sector. Where the Icon Accredited Member is working in commercial practice and is able to accept commissions they can choose to add additional details to their Conservation Register listing. These full listings include additional details, such as project case studies and client testimonials and are a way for Icon Accredited Members to showcase their projects and services to potential clients. ACRs are encouraged to identify their professional specialisms so that clients are clear about the individual’s areas of expertise as well as their status as accredited professionals.

We value accreditation because it indicates a commitment to maintaining the highest standard of professional practice. In order to achieve accredited status, the conservation professional must prove that they have an in-depth knowledge of conservation techniques and practices, a high degree of professional competence, sound judgement, and a deep understanding of the principles which underpin their practice. By undertaking the accreditation process, they are obliged to demonstrate they are proficient across Icon’s Professional Standards in conservation and must commit to maintaining their expertise through ongoing professional development (CPD).

As the sole provider of professional accreditation for conservators, Icon is in a unique position to champion the benefits of employing accredited professionals and to help members of the public to identify and access quality-assured conservation professionals through the Conservation Register.

The Conservation Register provides a reliable way for members of the public and other clients to easily identify and contact an accredited professional to help them care for the objects they cherish. This helps to ensure that cultural heritage in private ownership is conserved to appropriate standards, so that the objects and collections can be enjoyed by future generations. Maintaining the Conservation Register ensures that Icon can fulfil its vision for cultural heritage to be valued and accessible and for its future to be enhanced and safeguarded by excellence in conservation.

Our downloadable leaflets (listed below) are full of advice on the care and conservation of objects. Our guides vary from the conservation of clocks and costume to the restoration of family heirlooms such as photographs and silver.