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Wherever you are in the world, we know that a large majority of IIC members will be experiencing impacts on day to day working patterns, and for those who are new to remote working it could be a strange and possibly lonely time. We want to reassure you that we are in this together and will continue to do all we can to support you as a valued IIC member.

Through your membership benefits you have access to an extensive range of online resources that will help you feel connected to the conservation community, stay updated, support your career as well as fuel your knowledge and skills including looking at practical guidance and ideas on how to secure collections during pandemics as well as wider aspects of collection care and conservation.


Our Professional Development Seminar and Webinar series continues - with our previous event on getting published available on our members' community platform, and a new event on Presenting at Conferences (incluiding 'Virtual' Conferences)' taking place on 6 April.

Watch again

We have a good range of recorded events for every career stage that are still available to browse here. You can watch our 2018 Point of the Matter Dialogue Culture Cannot Wait: Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crises, enjoy Beatriz Haspo's uplifting recent talk for our AGM 'The National Museum of Brazil Lives!', or Stefan Michalski's personal take on a career in preventive conservation given as the prestigious Forbes Prize Lecture.

If you are at the beginning of your career, we continue to offer a recording of the whole of latest Student & Emerging Conservator Conference, which took place in Cologne in September 2019. Entitled 'The Conservator's Reflection, it looked at how conservators see themselves, and are seen by the world.  (Session 1, Session 2, Session 3)

Connected Community

Partipcate in conversations and contribute to the emerging stories in managing collections care and conservation during this pandemic on our IIC Community site, which is exclusive to members (including IIC Regional Groups) and also gives users advance access to News in Conservation, a fortnight ahead of open publishing, (drop us a line at if you need reminding how to access this for the first time).

Reading Room

Our range of digitised publications offer you the chance to browse the extensive archive of Studies in Conservation, read current or back copies of News in Conservation, or explore recent Book Reviews contributed by readers and members.

Online Course Material

Our annual, fortnight-long course for mid career professionals, in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing is one of the most remarkable and generously funded available, attracting conservators from across the world. For those of you who missed the 2019 event ‘Scientific Approaches to Ceramics and Glass Conservation’ you can read the slides and resources here and further course material on textiles, paper and photograph conservation, preventive conservation and lots more. There is more about our work with the Palace Museum here.


If you have become well-established in your career, why not consider becoming a Fellow of IIC? Fellows represent the best of our profession, from a wide range of age groups, specialisms and geographic locations. Joining this body allows you both to highlight your achievements and gives opportunities to offer your expertise back to the profession. Learn how to become elected to our Learned Society here.