IIC's mission

IIC is an independent international organisation supported by individual and institutional members. It serves as a forum for communication among professionals with responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage. It advances knowledge, practice and standards for the conservation of historic and artistic works through its publications and conferences. It promotes professional excellence and public awareness through its awards and scholarships.

Who should join IIC?

IIC membership is open to everyone with an interest in conserving the world's cultural heritage: to conservators and restorers, to conservation scientists, architects, educators and students, and to collection managers, curators, art historians and other cultural heritage professionals.

You can find out about joining IIC here: Membership.

Please note that the IIC membership year runs from each 1st of July to the following 30th of June.

What are the benefits?
Membership enables you to keep abreast of technical advances and current thinking and to remain in contact with colleagues worldwide through IIC's publications:

  • Studies in Conservation (eight issues, delivered in four copies, each of two issues, a year)*, the leading international journal in the field
  • * Please note that Student Members receive electronic access to Studies in Conservation rather than a printed copy

  • News in Conservation (six times a year)

Members also have access to this website with its rich sources of information; the biennial conferences; concessionary rates for Members, and links to IIC's national and regional groups. The Members' area of this website provides an index of all IIC members, and free download of articles from Studies in Conservation and Reviews in Conservation as well as downloadable PDFs of News in Conservation and back numbers of some of the Congress preprints.

There are four classes of membership: Student, Individual and Institutional members, as well as Fellows who have been elected by the existing body of IIC Fellows.

Every two years, IIC mounts a major international conference on a topic of current interest. These meetings are designed to bring together like-minded specialists, to summarise and debate the latest progress and practice, and to present recent advances, research and new thinking. The peer-reviewed and edited Congress papers are an essential part of the permanent conservation literature. Recent venues have included Bilbao (Modern Art, New Museums), Munich (The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries) London, (Conservation and Access), Istanbul (Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean), Vienna (The Decorative: Conservation and the Applied Arts), Hong Kong (An Unbroken History: Conserving East Asian Works of Art and Heritage) and in 2016 Los Angeles (Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works).

IIC co-operates closely with other organisations, notably ICOM-CC (International Council of Museums - Committee for Conservation) and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

Join us now!
We welcome new members to the growing community that is IIC - find out more at Membership.

Legal structure

IIC is The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, is a learned society, a company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 27th April 1950 in England and Wales (No. 481522), is registered with the Charity Commission (No. 209677) and is registered for VAT (No. GB 241 0811 10).

The company was established under its Memorandum of Association which established the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed by its Articles of Association. In the event of the company being wound up members are required to contribute an amount not exceeding £1.

IIC's Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association (as well as other core documents) may be found here: https://www.iiconservation.org/about/core-documents

Privacy Statements

IIC is a subscriber to the UK Information Commissioner's Data Protection Registry.

See IIC's Privacy statements for additional details on privacy.

The IIC web-site: a statement on responsibility

Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy none of the IIC or its Council, officers, staff or volunteers can accept any responsibility for the content published in or through this web-site and give no representation or assurance in relation to it. The opinions stated in individual articles or notices with named authors belong to those author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the IIC, its officers or Council. No responsibility or liability is assumed or accepted by the IIC or its Council, officers, staff or volunteers for any injury and/or damage as a result of the application of any method, product, instructions, ideas or other content published in or through this web-site. Inclusion of a product or treatment published in or through this web-site does not imply endorsement of the product or treatment.