ⓘ Institute of Conservation. The Institute of Conservation is a charity and the professional body for conservators and restorers in the United Kingdom. It has ove ..

                                     

ⓘ Institute of Conservation

The Institute of Conservation is a charity and the professional body for conservators and restorers in the United Kingdom. It has over three thousand members, including professional conservators working with heritage objects and buildings.

                                     

1. Background

Icon was formed in 2005 as a result of a merger between five smaller bodies: The United Kingdom Institute for Conservation, The Institute of Paper Conservation, The Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration, the Photographic Materials Conservation Group and the Care of Collections Forum. These five organisations were known collectively as the Vanguard Bodies of the National Council for Conservation-Restoration NCCR. In 2006 a sixth organisation, the Institute of Conservation Science, which had not been part of the NCCR, merged into Icon.

Seven other bodies which were also members of the NCCR opted not to merge into Icon in 2005. These were:

  • Two Irish bodies, the Irish Professional Conservators & Restorers Association IPCRA and The Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in Ireland ICHAWI - which merged in 2013 into the Institute of Conservators-Restorers in Ireland ICRI
  • The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers
  • The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association
  • Three hybrid bodies, combining conservators and non-conservators in their membership - NatSCA, the BHI and the Society of Archivists which merged into the Archives and Records Association in 2010.
                                     

2. Activities

  • Icon operates a professional accreditation scheme for suitably trained and qualified professionals in conservation and restoration called PACR Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers.
  • Icon was formerly a member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organisations, but withdrew in 2007
  • Icon operates the Conservation register of practices with an accredited employee in the UK or Ireland
  • Icon is a member of the National Heritage Science Forum