History

The Conservation Register is a selective and regularly updated database of conservation-restoration practices that was originally established in 1988 by the then Museums and Galleries Commission.   Not only does inclusion in the Conservation Register demand high standards of conservation-restoration expertise, but it also takes into account the overall aspects of good business practice.  Since 2004, the Conservation Register has been owned and operated by the registered charity, The Institute of Conservation (Icon).

Regular users of the Conservation Register include:

  • Private individuals and historic house owners
  • Museums, libraries and archives
  • Bodies such as English Heritage, Historic Scotland, the National Trusts, the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Antique dealers and auction houses
  • Insurance companies and loss adjusters
  • Architects
  • Other conservators

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