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ICON (Institute of Conservation)

ICON (Institute of Conservation)

Icon is a professional body with 2,500 members, representing and supporting the practice and profession of conservation (in relation to objects, collections, buildings, and structures). Many members play key roles in national cultural heritage institutions while others work in regional and local museums and galleries or in private practice. All have responsibility for caring for collections of the highest levels of cultural significance. Icon represents the interests of conservation and conservators to policymakers, and works energetically to demonstrate that conservation of collections has a role in delivering Government policy agenda in areas such as levelling-up, soft power, diversity, and wellbeing. It is the authoritative source of information on conservation practice and standards and upholds the highest conservation standards through its Professional Standards, and Accreditation programme. Icon also supports a variety of sector bodies, as well as thematic groups in various fields such as archaeology and heritage science.

Icon's mission is to support

Advocacy - through influencing partners and the public

Excllence - through building knowledge, high standards and valuing the profession 

Engagement - through encouraging public awareness and participation