Conditions and Responsibilities of IIC membership

By joining IIC all members signify they have a current or previous profession or employment directly connected to the purposes of IIC, and that they are in full agreement with and will abide by our:

Please note you are able to change your communication preferences at any time in your account settings or by contacting the IIC Office at 

Benefits vary slightly by membership type - you can choose your package here. However, the rest of this page gives an overview of our offer - and also the discounts we offer to make IIC membership affordable across a truly global community.

Benefits of membership

  • Becoming part of our impressive and growing network of members with access to the Members' area and Members' Directory on the IIC website.
  • FREE online access and substantial discounted in-person fees to IIC's biennial Congresses and Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences
  • Preferential access to IIC Grants and Funding.
  • Invitation to attend IIC's Professional Development Series (free to members).
  • Free instant digital access and downloads of all papers including eight issues per year with print option in Studies in Conservation, the leading international journal in our field - this includes access to a major archive of content, research and papers dating back to 1952 including articles from IIC's first Congress in Rome, 1961. Students receive digital access only to Studies in Conservation and archive.
  • Opportunity to participate in IIC’s Leadership Mentoring Programme (open to Early Career, Individual Members + Individuals on Path to Fellowship and Fellows).
  • Access to IIC's Community platform and ability to contribute to IIC's Special Interest Communities
  • Voting rights at IIC's Annual General Meetings (for Early Career, Individuals and Fellows) alongside the chance to take part in consultations and surveys around membership and contribute your views on the state of the profession.
  • Opportunities to progress to become a Fellow of IIC – a mark of your seniority and expertise in the profession.

Membership discounts outside Western Europe and North America

IIC wants to make membership more affordable for colleagues who live and work in countries where salaries are substantially less than those in Western Europe and North America. We have introduced a a system of banded membership rates that follows the classification of countries based on per capita income used by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

  • 25% discount for band 2 countries
  • 50% discount for band 3 countries
  • 75% discount for band 4 countries

We very much hope that this will not only make membership more affordable for existing members, but will also encourage greater participation in IIC from countries where average incomes are lower, and which are not currently part of our international network. 

Eligibility for the discounts will be checked during the application or renewal of membership process, individuals are expected to be living and working in the region for the discount to be applied. 

Loyalty discount and discounts if you already belong to an IIC Regional Group or a recognised national conservation organisation

All renewing members will receive a 10% loyalty discount.

You also get a discount if you belong to a regional or local conservation organisation, in recognition of its complementarity with IIC. This 10% discount will be offered to all Fellows and Members (including students), who indicate that they already belong to a national or regional body (including IIC regional groups) when taking out or renewing membership. There is more information here.

Finding others in IIC - the IIC Membership Directory

As a member of IIC you will be part of an international community of heritage conservation conservators and restorers. You can search the Membership Directory here to find colleagues with shared interests. Please note that this search facility is only available to logged-in members of IIC.

IIC Fellowship

IIC Fellows are established members of the profession who are elected by the existing body of Fellows. In addition to Individual Members' rights, each Fellow has the right to stand for and nominate candidates for membership of the IIC Council and to nominate other Fellows. Details about Fellowship of IIC can be found on the Fellowship page.

IIC Membership Year

IIC's membership year runs from each 1st July to the following 30th June. 

Institutional and Organisations Membership

Institutional members of IIC (with more than 5 members of staff) are offered a choice in how they manage access to IIC resources. You can either nominate five staff to create their own individual account which will be linked to your institution's subscription (registering for an IIC account is free), which we recommend for smaller institutions, or alternatively, for larger institutions with many potential users you can nominate five IP addresses which will automatically provide access to member only content. Please give these details to the membership team when renewing your subscription and contact the IIC Office via if you need to discuss your requirements further. 

For 2023-24 we have introduced a small organisation/ studio membership for those with 4 or less members of staff.

Further details regarding the benefits on offer can be found here.

Member Data Privacy

All personal contact, payment and other information entered by IIC members is treated in complete confidence. IIC is a subscriber to the UK Information Commissioner's Data Protection Registry. See IIC's Privacy statements for additional details on privacy.