Calling all Conservators!

D..d..d..drum roll please! The Icon Scotland Group is proud to present its brand new blog! A space for conservators to find out about heritage-related projects and events in Scotland and connect with conservation professionals all over the country. Over the next few weeks we will be posting articles about a wide range of topics; the conservation of musical instruments, the separation of albumen prints, the decay of stone, the experiences of a Scottish conservator in Toyko, as well as reviews of recent training events and lectures in Scotland. Sign up now to get new posts delivered direct to your inbox by clicking the ‘follow me’ button on the right hand side.

If you want to join in the fun and write an article, get in touch! We welcome submissions from conservation professionals in all disciplines at every career stage. Guidelines for articles and information on how to submit can be found in the guidelines tab above. It is hoped that by sharing knowledge and experiences in this blog, connections can be made across disciplines and institutions to form a strong conservation community in Scotland.

Do you want to get involved, but not sure what to write? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Students, interns and volunteers

  • What are your experiences of studying/working/volunteering in Scotland?
  • Have you moved to Scotland to study or work from abroad? How does it differ from your own country?
  • Have you been on a work placement or internship abroad? What did you do?
  • Have you been involved in any interesting research for your dissertation or a project that you’d like to share?
  • How has volunteering benefitted you?

Writing an article for publication is a fantastic thing to put on your CV. Students, interns and volunteers – we want to hear from you!

New professionals

  • What challenges do you face when entering the workplace?
  • What can others who are interested in a career in conservation expect when they are starting out? Do you have any top tips?
  • Why did you choose conservation? Why are you passionate about your discipline?
  • How can Icon help you get to where you want to go? All opinions welcome!

Writing an article is a great way to get your name out there and start to network. New professionals – get involved!

Practising conservators

  • Have you recently been involved in a project that threw up some interesting issues or problems you’d like to share?
  • Do you have some top tips for a certain treatment or procedure?
  • Have you been experimenting with a new technique and you want to share the results?
  • Are you concerned about a particular conservation practice that you want to discuss?
  • Have you been to a training event and want to share what you have learnt?
  • How did you get started in your profession? Do you have any advice for new graduates?
  • So what do you do? This is the dreaded question at parties. Write an article and avoid the blank look of the inquisitive stranger as you try to explain what a conservator is!

Sharing your experiences on a blog is an easy way to engage with other conservators in Scotland. Conservators – get connected!

As you can see from the list of topics, this site is not just for heritage-related professionals. Sometimes the work of conservators can seem a little mysterious to those who don’t work in the field. The Icon Scotland Group want to use this blog to show what we do every day, making it of interest to conservators and non-conservators alike. Share this blog with anyone who is interested in conservation and help to dispel the myths of our profession. We are not the white glove wearing, “don’t touch that” ‘conservationists’ that the media often portrays and we don’t work with the environment!

From the highlands and islands to the lowlands and borders, Scotland has an amazing cultural heritage and this is the place where you can find out how it is cared for and preserved for future generations. Check back in a fortnight for more conservation conversations!

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