Call for Papers: Icon Scotland Group session at Icon Conference 2016

We can be (conservation) heroes!
Demonstrating flexibility, innovation and collaboration.
The Icon Scotland Group seeks abstracts of short papers for a half-day session at ICON’s UK conference. The session aims to showcase projects, initiatives and ways of working that demonstrate flexible, innovative and collaborative approaches to conservation across disciplines. Presentations from and about Scotland are encouraged and will be given priority at the selection stage; note you do not need to be a member of the Scotland Group to submit an abstract.

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Best of the Blogs – September

The redevelopment of Kelvin Hall and renovations at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are featured in this month’s best of the blogs. Exciting new discoveries in Cramond and fantastic videos from National Museums Scotland and the American Institute of Conservation are also highlighted this month. 

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Conservation at the University of Edinburgh

This blog has been jointly authored by the conservation team at the University of Edinburgh to give an insight into the diverse work we do here as well as some of the exciting new developments that we have in the pipeline. We will hear from Emma Davey (Conservation Officer), Emily Hick (Project Conservator) and Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet (Musical Instruments Conservator). But first up is Ruth Honeybone, who heads up our conservation team.

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Employment Opportunities Available in Scotland

Two great conservation opportunities have recently become available in Scotland. One for those at the start of their career, and the other for a more experienced conservator….  

Internship at the University of Edinburgh

The Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh is currently offering a 10-week conservation internship, with a stipend of £3100 attached.

Closing date for applications: Monday 14 September 2015

Informal interview date: Wednesday 30 September 2015

Proposed starting date: Monday 2 November 2015

For more information and how to apply, please visit:

Research Conservator at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow

The Centre for Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow is currently offering a two year full time position for a Research Conservator, starting in January 2016.

Research and Teaching Grade 6: UKP27,057- UKP30,434
REF: 011024

Closing date:  20 September 2015

For more information and to apply follow and search current vacancies



Photograph Conservation Tour

Conservation recently went on tour in Scotland, with four workshops being held throughout the Country focussing on the conservation and preservation of photographs. Find out what happened in this week’s blog… 

From 24 June to 2 July, a series of workshops on the conservation of photographs were hosted at Fort William, Brora, Aberdeen and St Andrews. The workshops were generously funded by Museum Galleries Scotland in partnership with Icon Scotland, University of St Andrews and the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. The workshops were aimed at people working with small to medium sized photograph collections.

Group identifying photographs

Group identifying photographs

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Best of the Blogs – July

Saving work by Scottish Artists and articles on the history of food, drink and textiles in Scotland are featured in this month’s best of the blogs.

1. Paisley on the Web

Did you know that the ‘Paisley’ pattern did not originate in Paisley? It was originally used on shawls in Kashmir and cheap imitations were produced in this Scottish town, resulting in the term. Find out more on the fascinating history of this pattern and of Paisley on this website.

2. The Art Newspaper

Celebrated mosaics by Leith born artist, Eduardo Paolozzi, displayed at Tottenham Court Road tube have been saved from destruction and will be restored at Edinburgh University. Find out more here.

3. Museum and Heritage Advisor

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s interior for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms in Glasgow will be conserved, restored and displayed as part of a joint project between Glasgow Museums and V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Find out how it was saved and when it will be seen again in this article.

4. National Library of Scotland

From 12 June to 8 November, the National Library of Scotland are running an exhibition entitled “Lifting the lid: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland”. See all the hard work that went into installing an exhibition in this fantastic time lapse video. Click on the link above for exhibition details.








Upcoming Conservation Events in Scotland

The Icon Scotland Group events team have been working hard and have organised some fantastic events to satisfy your cravings for all things conservation! Suitable for conservators and non-conservators alike, take a look at the list below and see what takes your fancy!

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Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book

This week’s blog is a summary of a six-month internship by Sarah Graham at the University of Glasgow. Sarah helped to prepare for the current ‘Ingenious Impressions’ exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery, which closes on the 21st June. Don’t miss out on this innovative exhibition, get down there now!

For the last six months I have been the conservation intern on the Glasgow Incunabula Project at the University of Glasgow. This was in preparation for the Ingenious Impressions exhibition which opened in February and runs until June. There has been a lot of bench work in the studio to prepare this 500 year old material for display but I have also been given experience outside the studio during the installation and engaging with social media. The overwhelming majority of material in Special Collections is available for reference in the reading room and they frequently loan material to exhibitions worldwide. This, however, is the first time they have curated their own exhibition in over 10 years. Over the last 5 years, the Glasgow Incunabula Project (Julie Gardham, Jack Baldwin and Bob Mclean) have catalogued over a thousand incunabula (books produced between 1450-1501) when the printed book was created as we know it today.

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Call for Papers: Out of the Box – Practical Approaches to Archival Exhibition

Day 1- The Conservation Aspect  – 31st July 2015 – University of Edinburgh

Day 2- The Archive Aspect – 07th August 2015 – Museum on the Mound/National Records of Scotland

ARA Scotland are holding a conference on all aspects of the exhibition of archives. Archives have a life beyond the reading room – both physically as items in display cases and virtually as online resources. The ways in which Archivists can showcase their treasures to the world are limitless and this conference aims to provide a platform for discussion around the issues raised by Archival exhibitions.

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