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2024 Conservation Conferences and Events

2024 Conservation Conferences

It’s that time of year again where we look forward to filling our calendar with the best events and not to be missed conferences for conservators for the year. And 2024 doesn’t disappoint; IIC’s annual conference, this year in Lima, Peru is set to be the destination event of the year as well as looking forward to smaller yet equally valuable events hosted by ICON in London and the CONUL Conference in Belfast. We suspect there will be more added to this list as some of our usual events haven’t yet released their dates, so stay tuned to our socials for details of when we add more to the calendar.


Which events will you be attending?



Archiving 2024

When: 9-12 April 2024

Where: Washington DC, USA


Since 2004, Archiving has brought an international community of technical experts, managers, practitioners, and academics from cultural heritage institutions, universities, and commercial enterprises together to explore and discuss state-of-the-art imaging, digitization, preservation, and access for 2D, 3D, and AV materials, including documents, manuscripts, photographs, bound volumes, paintings, videos, and born-digital works.

The interdisciplinary focus of the conference creates a rich environment for information exchange. In addition to presenting the latest research results on digitization and curation, Archiving investigates new technologies, strategies, and policies, as well as reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field and explores different platforms and ways of visualizing data, allowing for deeper connections with collections.

Find out more and book your place here.


CONUL Conference 2024

When: 29-30 May 2024

Where: IIC Belfast, Northern Ireland


CONUL, is a consortium of the main research libraries in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Its mission is to develop and improve the library and information services of the CONUL members and its users through the exchange of experience and the organisation of cooperative activities.


This two-day residential conference considers the broad challenges facing academic and research libraries in Ireland.

The 2024 conference theme, Libraries as Changemakers serves as an invitation to explore the dynamic role that libraries play in driving positive transformation.  This theme will allow for lively discussions and sharing of groundbreaking ideas for libraries to become powerful forces for change in our evolving world. 

The conference welcomes participation from all staff within CONUL member libraries, including library directors. Furthermore, it is also open to staff from non-CONUL libraries, including Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology, and is progressively attracting international delegates from research libraries beyond Ireland.

Find out more and book your place here.



8th Architectural Finishes Research Conference

When: 29 May - 1st June 2024

Where: Amsterdam / Online


Specialists from around the world in the field of historic Architectural Finishes Research (AFR) will meet in Amsterdam from 29 May through 1 June for the eighth international AFR conference. This four-day international event will be a platform to exchange ideas and new developments in the interpretation, preservation, documentation, and management of historical finishes. We will also seek common ground leading to improved communication and a mutual understanding between the various stakeholders of historic sites where such finishes are preserved. This conference promises to be an ideal opportunity to nurture a more professional and cohesive global Architectural Paint and Finishes Research community.


The organizing partners invite everyone invested in the preservation and study of historic architectural finishes to take part in this international event, share the latest research, learn from each other, and help build a strong, global AFR community.

Find out more and book your place here.



Icon 2024 Conference: Conservation for Change

When: 2-3 July 2024

Where: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AR


Join Icon at the impressive Royal Geographic Society for two packed days of inspiring keynote speakers, discussions, case studies and much more.

The conference titled ‘Conservation for Change’, will enable us to come together and explore how conservators can effect change within the sector and wider society as we engage, embrace and educate on the importance of conservation in the preservation of our history and heritage. With plenty of networking opportunities, there's also the added chance to pick up top tips from our sponsors and exhibitors.

Find out more and book your place here.



ARA Annual Conference: ‘Climate and Crisis: Tackling it Together’

When: 28-30 August 2024

Where: Birmingham, UK


"The 2023 Conference took the theme ‘communities’ and to build on this we now want to address the major crises and challenges facing our communities and our profession, learning from our community and building stronger responses, together. The Climate Crisis is the challenge of an era with the responsibility to take action falling upon us all. Our profession must respond, learn from best practice and find new ways to contribute to the global effort. Our work faces other crises not least funding and resourcing challenges. We are better tackling this together too, and we want the conference to be a catalyst for this.”

Find out more and book your place here.



IIC Lima 2024 'Sustainable Solutions for Conservation: New Strategies for New Times'

When: 23-27 September 2024

Where: Lima, Peru


The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) and the Research Center for Heritage Conservation at the Universidad de Ingenieria & Tecnologia (UTEC) in Lima, are pleased to that the 30th biennial IIC Congress 2024 will be hosted in person and online in Lima, Peru.


Building on the success of the IIC 2022 Wellington Congress, IIC are delighted to announce that the Congress in 2024 will take a similar hybrid format, promoting a more sustainable and climate-friendly event. By offering the Congress in a hybrid form, IIC aims to make this event as accessible and inclusive as possible, extending our global reach from Africa to Asia-Pacific through online 'Virtual Live Hubs' with in-person 'Local Regional Live Hubs' in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay,  offering the opportunity for shared dialogue, networking and experience of the unique culture and heritage that the region has to offer.

Find out more and book your place here.


Stay tuned to our socials for updates on additions to this list.


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