A female conservator works on conserving a antique golden angel statue

Conservator

Conservators plan and organise the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions.

Overview

Conservators plan and organise the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions.

Day-to-day

  • researches history of items
  • analyses and test items to determine the material they are made of, their condition, and to confirm their identification and authenticity
  • consults with curators, owners or custodians about items
  • takes photographs of items before and after treatments
  • chooses the best method of treatment and treats items
  • keeps records of all decisions and the results of any treatments carried out
  • is involved in the disaster recovery of items (treating items that are water damaged)
  • researches aspects of conservation such as the materials and techniques used to create a group of artefacts
  • ensure items going on exhibition are in good condition
  • advises staff or collectors on how to best care for artefacts, including how to store, display and transport them
  • may advise and consult with community groups, over the treatment of cultural artefacts.

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