ICON was created in 2005 when a number of conservation organisations were
merged, namely the Care of Collections Forum, the Institute of Paper
Conservation (IPC), the Photographic Materials Conservation Group, the
Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (SSCR) and the United
Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (UKIC).
The merger was overseen by the National Council for
Conservation-Restoration, which has now been disbanded.