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The world’s heritage is at risk as never before: from climate change, from distaters and conflict, and in competition for a meaningful share of funds. Preserving the multi-layered contexts, stories, and techniques of artistic and heritage objects ensures the transmission of cultural identity from one generation to the next. The International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) plays a vital role in supporting conservators and institutions all over the world.

Although conservation is increasingly crucial in areas under threat, there are many  heritage organisations that cannot afford IIC's annual subscription fees.

IIC’s Opportunities Fund was established in 2010 to offer support for a short period to institutions who cannot easily afford the annual subscription fees. Formerly known as the Professional Development Fund when it only assisted individuals, through the generosity of members’ donations, it now provides support for institutions.

What the Fund offers

Do you know of an institution from a country where the level of income or financial support is too low for the instituinal subscription to be affordable? If so, please encourage them to contact the IIC office to find out more about the scheme.

Subscription benefits include eight issues of Studies in Conservation and access to digital archive of publciations going back to 1951 alonsgide access to IIC's online digital community, free job feature listings on IIC's Jobs Desk as well as substantial discounted fees to attend IIC's events including our biennial congress.   

Institutional subscription fees of IIC will be covered for two years with the possibility of renewal for a further two years, subject to funds being available. Applicant institutions will be asked to fill in a brief form, describing their current situation and reasons for wanting to join IIC. Applications will regularly be considered by a panel of Council members against a range of criteria. Institutions that have previously received support include:

  • Yachay Wasi Institute, Lima, Peru
  • Ankara Restoration and Conservation Laboratory, Turkey
  • Pardubice University , Czech Republic
  • State Mufti's Office Museum, Brunei

Support the Fund: become an IIC World Member

The Opportunities Fund is small compared to the level of need and some deserving applicants will be disappointed. We encourage members who can to be become Bronze, Silver, Gold or World Member donors, and contribute at the same time as renewing annual membership.

You can also make a donation here or by contacting the IIC office