Conservators plan, organise and undertake the preservation and conservation of materials and objects in private and public collections, including libraries, archives, museums, art galleries 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 (correct light, relative humidity, integrated pest management and temperature control, for example) for the objects in their care
- advise on the correct methods for handling, storing, displaying and transporting works of art and artefacts
- conduct research into the material or technological nature of collections, as well as materials and techniques critical to their preservation or conservation
- undertake extensive research into deterioration problems within collections
- undertake conservation and restoration procedures to correct damage or control deterioration and record details of measures taken.
- patience and ability 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 and/or technical aptitude
- normal colour vision
- sensitivity to Indigenous and ethnic cultural issues
- interest in history, art history and materials technology.