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04.12.2019

Icon Appoints MTC for Conservation Register Redevelopment

Icon has appointed one of Scotland’s top web design companies to deliver the redevelopment of the Conservation Register. MTC Media of Dundee will be working with Icon to launch the new Register in 2020.

Icon’s Conservation Register is the recognised source for finding professionally qualified conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland. Those listed on the Register are Accredited by Icon through rigorous peer-review and have demonstrated the ability to meet and maintain the highest standards of practice demanded by the profession.  

The new Register will provide a complete listing of all Icon-Accredited Conservators (ACRs), enabling members of the public to search by name to verify professional status.  The Register will also showcase the skills and expertise of accredited conservators who have taken out a feature listing; clients seeking to commission conservation services will be able to search for suitable professional conservators by object or material.  

Frazer McMillan of MTC said:

“We are thrilled and delighted beyond measure to be selected as Icon's partner for the Conservation Register project. We recognise the positive impact this will have for conservation practitioners, and the valuable tool this provides for members of the public. The team are excited to be involved as it ranks among our most prestigious projects.”

Sara Crofts, Icon Chief Executive, echoed this view:

“I am delighted that we are working with a skilled digital developer on the Conservation Register as it will be an excellent resource to help people find talented professionals to care for the objects that they love. It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the inspiring work that Icon accredited members do to conserve our cultural heritage.”

The Conservation Register will place the exacting skills and high professional standards of Accredited conservators on centre stage, supporting Icon’s charitable aim of providing public access to quality-assured conservators. It will be of use to:

  • members of the public who may have limited knowledge of conservation but are the custodians of family heirlooms;
  • community and voluntary groups who will now be able to access the full spectrum of qualified professionals to help with conservation projects
  • accredited professionals who will now have a ready way for their status to be verified
  • employers who will have a reliable way to confirm statements made by job applicants.

The new redeveloped Conservation Register is set to launch in late February 2020 and has been generously funded by the Anna Plowden Trust and the Pilgrim Trust. The guiding principles for the redevelopment are based upon extensive research and consultation with Icon members, sector partners and members of the public completed between 2015 and 2018.

IMAGE: Icon's team at MTC Media. Left to right: Frazer McMillan, Paul McAvoy, Euan Johnstone, Alix Foreman

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