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Icon Featured in UNESCO Report on Innovation

The UK’s National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) has highlighted recent work by Icon and its members in a report on innovation in the UK cultural heritage sector.

The UKNC was invited by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop an overview of innovative practices in cultural heritage being spearheaded by UK organisations and to identify the potential for future collaboration with ODA countries. The report illustrates the UK’s world-leading position in cultural heritage innovation with case studies of work in heritage science, conservation, research and public outreach.  

Icon’s Twitter Conference was presented as a successful example of employing social media to increase the diversity of engagement and to provide inclusive access to information. Our Twitter Conference used social media to deliver low-cost networking and knowledge sharing with a world-wide audience of conservators.

The report also discussed Icon’s Documentation Network and its work to develop best practice in documentation in the light of changing digital systems. The group meets twice a year and covers surveying, 3D capturing techniques, photography and digitisation, analytical records, copyright issues and documentation as a vehicle for public outreach.

The report’s recommendations outline how the UK’s expertise can be advanced and supported to aid ODA countries. These include recommendations for Government and funding bodies to raise the profile of cultural heritage in international development, to signpost funding opportunities more strongly and to broker networks and foster knowledge exchange.

Read the full report here.


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