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Head of Sculpture Conservation

We asked the Head of Sculpture Conservation at National Museums Liverpool why and how they become a conservator

detail of the head of a sculpture

"I loved doing art at school and did it until foundation level. At university I studied archaeology and really enjoyed the excavations, recording the finds and their conditions.

Conservation seemed like an ideal career for me. It's very practical and hands-on and allows me to use craft and artistic skills combined with problem solving, academic research and a methodical approach to the work.

Having trained to become a sculpture conservator I recently became an Accredited Conservator-Restorer and am a member of ICON, the Institute of Conservation in the UK.

People come into this work from both arts and science backgrounds so it's really interesting working with colleagues. One of the best things about this job is that you never stop learning new things about the objects, where they came from and why it's so important to look after them for future generations to discover and enjoy."