The honour of IIC Honorary Fellowship was established to recognise an outstanding contribution to heritage conservation. The first Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Edward Forbes in 1958.
Awards and grants
IIC offers many awards, some in association with others, as an important part of its work in conservation. These range from honorary fellowship of the Institute, to sponsored lectures and bursaries for students and members from developing countries.
In 1994, the IIC Council announced the establishment of the IIC Keck Award, generously endowed by Sheldon and Caroline Keck to commemorate their shared lives of distinguished achievement in conservation. The cash award is presented every two years at the IIC Congress to -- in Caroline Keck's words -- the individual or group who has in the opinion of the Council contributed most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession.
The Forbes Prize Lecture has been delivered at every IIC Congress since the Rome Congress in 1961. It is delivered by a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of conservation; the first Forbes Prize lecture was given by Harold Plenderleith.
The HP Image Permanence Award, now no longer awarded, was sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company and given with participation of IIC to recognise outstanding contributions that advanced the longevity of photographic and fine art images created via modern digital methods. The latest award was made in 2013.
The Brommelle Memorial Fund was established in 1990 in memory of Norman Brommelle, who was Secretary-General of IIC between 1958 and 1988. The fund is used to provide assistance for students of conservation who are IIC members and wish to attend the Institute's international Congresses.
IIC supports conservators and institutions who cannot afford the cost of membership through its Opportunities Fund. The fund is maintained through the generous contributions of our members, and allows successful applicants to receive membership of IIC for a limited time without charge.
IIC’s Advocate Award is given in recognition of those who use their influence, resources and talents to support the efforts of heritage preservation.