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Opportunities for conservation around the world - via IIC’s Opportunities Fund

“I am delighted that IIC is looking at ways to support its members not only through the present COVID -19 emergency but also in preparing for a future practice which is sustainable and globally accessible. The relaunch of the Opportunities Fund allows all our members to engage in the improved  future of Conservation practice”.

- Sandra Smith, Chair of Opportunities Fund, IIC Vice President and Head of Collection Care at the British Museum

Categories of Donation for IIC Members

·        Gold World Member - £150 or more

·        Silver World Member - £60 or more

·        Bronze World Member - £25 or more

·        World Member - up to £25

You can make your donation here:

By becoming an IIC World Member, you are donating to the IIC’s Opportunities Fund on top of your standard IIC membership.

This Opportunities Fund was originally established in 2010 to provide membership to individuals and institutions who could not easily afford the annual subscription fees. By providing the benefits of IIC membership for both individuals and institutions, conservators and conservation professionals have been better able to advance their skills and access the relevant knowledge for the care of heritage. In January 2020, IIC Council agreed to expand the terms of the fund, so future donations received after 1st July could be used to support a wider set of objectives agreed by Council and annually reviewed by Council to support the advancement of conservation globally, especially in the face of significant global challenges.

Donors to this initiative are recognised as World Members through regular publication of both new supporters and beneficiaries in News in Conservation.

As an example of what the money given to IIC’s Opportunities Fund has achieved, the Department of Conservation at the Hudogestvena Akademia (National Academy of Arts) in Sofia, Bulgaria was supported through the Opportunities Fund with IIC membership so that their students can increase their professional knowledge and expertise. The impact for these institutions has been significant, summed up by Stefan Belishki of the Hudogestvena Akademia: “membership of IIC gives us a wonderful opportunity to get in contact with other professional conservators, to discuss professional issues and, of course, to see ourselves in the big picture of the profession and in the complex process of conservation of cultural heritage. This networking allows us to update and increase our knowledge and (eventually) to contribute by sharing experience, achievements and professional problems.”

IIC Donors to the Opportunities Fund

Since 2012 the response to a call for donations during the membership renewal process has generated a tremendous response, and IIC Council acknowledges and thanks all those who have contributed. The donors for the previous IIC membership year are as follows:

IIC Gold World Members

Jonathan Ashley-Smith;  Stefan Michalski

IIC Silver World Members

Barbara Reeve;  Jo Kirby Atkinson;  Theo Sturge;  Diana Collins; Sarah Staniforth; Joyce Zucker: Julie Dawson

IIC Bronze World Members

Richard Kerschner; Anthony Reed; Barbara H Berrie; Ivan Bogovcic; Lisa Goldberg: Diane Gwilt; Syvia Haliman; Vicki Humphrey; Haxel Newey; Renate Poggendorf; Ann Seibert; Christine Leback Sitwell; Gordon Turner-Walker; Robert Waller; Anna Southall; David Leigh; Helen Ganiaris; Fiona Macalister; Clive William Raymond; Tiina Sonninen; James A Sprigg; Amber Kerr; Helen Lloyd; Julia Nagle; David Saunders

IIC World Members

Dominic Wall; Antonio Alves Cardoso; Shayne Rivers; Valentine Walsh; Paul L Denson; Jacopo Gilardi; Jane Henderson; Emma Hocker; Josefina Maldonado; Alison Richmond; Naoko Sonoda; Mireille te Marvelde; Jose Artur dos Santos Pestana; Jonathan Betts; Mary Greenacre; Catherine (Casey) Mallinckrodt; Mirta Pavic; Phoebe Dent Weil


You can make your donation here