Conservators plan, organise and undertake the preservation and conservation of materials and objects in private, public and community collections, including libraries, archives, museums, art galleries, art centres, and historical and archaeological sites.

Duties & Tasks

Conservators may perform the following tasks:

  • examine and evaluate the condition of objects and confirm their identification and authenticity
  • organise systematic inspection of collections and prepare written and photographic reports
  • advise on the optimum storage and display conditions for the objects in their care (such as correct light, relative humidity, integrated pest management and temperature control)
  • advise on the correct methods for handling, storing, displaying and transporting works of art and artefacts
  • conduct research into the material, technological or historical nature of collections, as well as materials and techniques critical for their preservation and sustainability
  • undertake extensive research into deterioration problems within collections in order to inform collections management
  • undertake and record the details of conservation and restoration procedures to correct damage or control deterioration.

Personal Requirements

  • patient with the capacity for fine manual work
  • aptitude for science, particularly chemistry and physics
  • aptitude for using computers
  • attention to detail
  • ability to understand and apply professional and ethical codes of conduct
  • artistic interests such as sculpture, painting and drawing
  • aptitude for technical tasks
  • normal colour vision
  • sensitivity to Indigenous and ethnic cultural issues
  • interest in history, art history and materials technology.

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