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Icon returns to China

Following the high level cultural exchange visit to China last February, Icon Chief Executive Alison Richmond has been invited back to China by the British Council to sign an MoU for Conservation Collaboration.

After journeying all the way to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province and home to the Terracotta Warriors, Alison Richmond will be delivering the keynote speech at a UK-China Cultural Heritage Conservation and Restoration Forum organised by the Shaanxi Province Cultural Heritage Bureau and Icon and funded by the UK government’s GREAT campaign. Dr David Carrington ACR will also be speaking at the event on conservation practice in the UK. 

The cultural heritage forum is a small part of a much larger Silk Road International Trade and Investment Expo taking place in Xi’an between 11 and 15 May, which will be attended by representatives of many countries. The UK is the “country of honour” and the UK delegation is being led by Baroness Rona Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion.

Today, 11 May, Alison signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shaanxi Provincial Museum Association. The signing was attended by Baroness Fairhead and the British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE. The MoU expresses an intention to promote knowledge exchange and sharing of information within the scope of cultural heritage conservation, for example regarding conservation accreditation, professional bodies, standards, theory, practice, research and education. 

Alison will also meet with Carma Elliot, Head of Culture and Education at the British Embassy Beijing, and Luo Wenli, Country Director of British Council China and the Director General of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Bureau. The purpose of the meeting is to express Icon’s gratitude for the support for last year’s visit and for the conservation forum taking place on 13 May. 

At the forum, Alison will be speaking about the strengths and benefits of Icon and areas of potential collaboration. This is in light of the Shaanxi Historical Museum Association’s intention to set up a professional association for conservation – the first association of its kind in Shaanxi. 


Find out more:

Icon’s 2017 Cultural Exchange Tour to China was featured in The Heritage Alliance’s International Report 2018.

Icon CEO Featured on British Council's 'China Now' Site (


Image: British Council China (Twitter)


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