Institute of Conservators and Restorers Ireland (ICRI)- 2020 Professional Accreditation, CPD and Outreach

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CPD training programme- This year ICRI organised five virtual lectures for the membership. These CPD presentations focused on three different fields: scientific analysis, copyright and metal conservation.

Grant Scheme: Heritage Sector Support Scheme 2020
Ref Number: D08372
Organisation: Institute of Conservators and Restorers Ireland (ICRI)
Website: www.icriconservation.ie
Award: €3,784 (€7,000 offered)

The Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI) promotes within Ireland the practice of conservation of historic and artistic material to internationally accepted standards; improves public awareness and understanding of the need for conservation and provides a forum for those professionally engaged in the preservation of Ireland's man-made heritage. The Institute’s members work in both the public and private sectors on objects as diverse as oil paintings, paper, furniture, bog bodies, ceramics, buildings and sculpture.

ICRI provides professional advice and support to curators, architects and exhibition designers as well as private clients and local heritage groups requiring guidance as how best to look after their collections or artifacts. The Institute sets standards of professional practice through ICRI's accreditation scheme, via training workshops and by supporting continued professional development (CPD) by providing bursaries.

This year ICRI organised five virtual lectures for the membership, hosted via ZOOM. This is over double the amount of lectures the Institute has provided than in previous years. These CPD presentations focused on three different fields: scientific analysis, copyright and metal conservation. The programme opened with a series of three lectures and one seminar from David Peggie, senior scientist at the NGL, on scientific analysis using XRF (X-ray fluorescence) and EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray) i) Understanding Modern Analytical Methods & Imaging Methods ii) Understanding Solvents and iii) Understanding Varnishes and Coatings. Bernard Horrocks, advisor to museums & galleries in the UK on Intellectual property and copyright, provided an insightful presentation on 'Copyright for Cultural Heritage and Conservators'. The programme concluded with 'Conservation of Monumental Bronze Sculptures' presented by Lucy Branch, free-lance conservator.

In addition, ICRI developed a conservation outreach programme which aimed to promote awareness and provide an insight into preservation and conservation practice and was open to the public. These on-line projects were supported with Heritage Council 2020 funding.