Icon (Institute of Conservation)

Icon (Institute of Conservation)

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  • Museums / heritage
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support

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The Charitable Objects of Icon are:

  • To advance the education of the public by research into and the promotion of the conservation of items and collections of items of cultural, aesthetic, historic and scientific value; and
  • To preserve and conserve items and collections of items of cultural, aesthetic, historic and scientific value.


The key aims of Icon in 2017-2020 are:

  1. To champion and support professional standards of heritage conservation in the UK
  2. To seek out key partners to achieve our mission
  3. To build the long-term financial and operational stability of Icon



The conservation of objects and collections protects the things people value. It enables the care and safeguarding of our tangible cultural heritage, from cherished family heirlooms to national treasures.

Conservation professionals value and understand the physical artefacts that embody our collective history and culture; skilfully safeguarding it against decay and neglect to ensure that everyone’s stories survive for the inspiration of present and future generations.

The practice of conservation encompasses artworks, books and archives, textiles, architecture and archaeology, as well as industrial, natural and social history collections whether they are held by museums, heritage organisations, private collectors or public bodies.

About Icon

Icon (the Institute of Conservation) is a charitable company working to safeguard cultural heritage. Icon is also the professional membership body for the conservation profession.

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