Career outlook for conservator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would save works of art and historic objects which are in danger of disintegrating so future generations can enjoy them.
You’d apply scientific and artistic techniques to preserve and restore the objects. You need to pay careful attention to the smallest details. You would also make sure the objects are stored and displayed in the right way.
You could work with a wide range of objects but would usually specialise in one area such as paintings, textiles, leather, furniture or ceramics.
- Carefully examine objects to identify any damage and its cause
- Preserve objects to stop deterioration and ensure they stay in good condition
- Restore objects to make sure that original characteristics are not lost
- Check that the storage and display conditions protect objects from damage by light, humidity, temperature or air pollution
- Keep written and photographic records
You would learn to use a wide range of specialised scientific methods, materials and equipment.
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