Conservator

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

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    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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