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Institute of Conservation (ICON) Awards

Awards include:

  • Award for Conservation
  • Award for Care of Collection
  • Student Conservator of the Year Award
  • Digital Preservation Award
  • Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation

Award for Conservation

The £15 000 Award for Conservation, for an outstanding project conserving individual items or collections. Entry deadline: 15 December.


Award for Care of Collections

The Award for Care of Collections, increased to £15 000, for an initiative leading to significant and sustainable improvements in caring for collections. Entry deadline: 15 December.


Student Conservator of the Year Award

The £10 000 Student Conservator of the Year Award, for an exceptional project completed during a UK training programme or internship. Entry deadline: 28 February.


Digital Preservation Award

The £5000 Digital Preservation Award, recognising leadership and practical advancement in the digital preservation arena. Entry deadline: 31 March.


Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation

The £2500 Anna Plowden Trust Award, for a completed programme of research or development advancing the knowledge and practice of conservation. Entry deadline: 31 March.

Full details of entry conditions are available on the new Conservation Awards website in early October. If you would like to be alerted when the application forms are ready or to speak to someone before deciding whether to apply, please contact the Awards Administrator by email at admin @ conservationawards.org.uk or on tel. no. 020 7326 0995.

For queries about the Digital Preservation Award, please contact the Executive Secretary, Digital Preservation Coalition, by email at info @ dpconline.org or on tel. no. 01904 435 362.

The Conservation Awards are supported by Sir Paul McCartney and managed in partnership by English Heritage, the Institute of Conservation, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the National Preservation Office. The Digital Preservation Award is sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Research and Innovation Award by the Anna Plowden Trust.


New Routes into Conservation through Work-Based Learning

This Heritage Lottery Fund–supported internship scheme will tackle the shortage of practical and preventive conservation skills across the UK and increase the number of trained conservators and conservation scientists. More and better-trained practitioners will improve the condition of collections, sites and monuments and make them more accessible to the public.

The internship scheme uniquely offers new opportunities for those without conventional conservation training to enter the workforce. It also helps to bridge the difficult gap between training and first job for new conservation graduates.

Up to 20 internships per year will be offered over the 4 years of the scheme, varying in length from 6 to 24 months. Interns will be based with experienced conservators in workshops, institutions or sites across the UK in both the public and the commercial sector.

Placements start in late September or early October and will be advertised in April each year, with interviews in July and August.

(NOTE: A new Conservation Awards website is being developed.)

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