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Considering a career in conservation

conservator treating an Egyptian sarcophagus

Here at National Museums Liverpool the conservation staff have a wide range of skills, training and backgrounds, and this is typical of the profession.

There is no one career path into conservation, and our staff have backgrounds in art history, archaeology, science, art, engineering and teaching, to name but a few. Some have trained on the job or undertaken apprenticeships; however, a qualification from a recognised course is the most common route into the profession. The ICON Training directory lists the main long-established courses.

Once a conservator has been practising for several years they can work towards professional accreditation. Conservators work in national and regional museums, in private practise, and for heritage sites across the UK.

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Why and how did you become a conservator?

Follow the links below to find out about our conservators' experiences.