Collections & Conservation

64 careers advice results in total for Collections & Conservation

Rachael Garrett, Preventive Conservation Intern

Rachael Garrett, Preventive Conservation Intern

 8 August 2016

What does an internship in preventative conservation look like? We heard from Rachael Garrett who was employed through the Northern Ireland Creative Employment with the National Trust.

4 tips for a career in museums

 21 September 2015

For a career in museums you need to have the right approach to professional development, says Charlotte Holmes from the Museums Association. She offers 4 key career tips for surviving and thriving in museums.

Callum McCaffrey, project joiner

 7 November 2014

Callum works for the National Trust, helping to maintain and restore historic properties. He has a passion for timber and his work brings him into contact with specialist materials that are not commonly found in less sensitive construction work.

6 tips for being a gallery curator

 20 August 2014

Héloïse Parke is the curator of The Aram Gallery, one of London’s only non-commercial contemporary design galleries. She offers six pieces of advice for working as a gallery curator.

Lindsey Breaks works with exhibition objects and ensures that the right artefacts get to the right place on time.

Lindsey Breaks, international exhibitions

 9 April 2013

International museum loans are important for making money for the heritage industry. Lindsey Breaks explains the work that goes into organising international exhibitions and how she got started.

Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

 4 April 2013

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey.

Exhibition researchers select objects to feature in the exhibition. Image: RBG Kew.

Exhibition researcher

 26 March 2013

Exhibition researchers come up with content and storylines for exhibitions.

Some of Shakespeare's theatres are unknown to the public, but Peter Sillitoe uncovers the details about these mysterious locations. Image: P

Peter Sillitoe, researcher

 21 March 2013

Peter Sillitoe is the Research Associate for the Shalt Project (Shakespearean London Theatres). He explains how he got into research and the path he chose.

Bernard Horrocks works with different types of Intellectual Property and applies this to the creative work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bernard Horrocks, IP Manager

 19 March 2013

Bernard manages the broad field of Intellectual Property at the National Portrait Gallery. He shares the importance of protecting the collections and his advice on entering in this career.

Working with the collections and carrying out different types of research are tasks you will encounter. Image: Imperial War Museum.


 13 March 2013

Researchers may work in libraries and archives or collect information from field work. Research projects can focus on anything from one piece to a whole collection.

Geffrye curatorial staff talk to young people outside the victorian room. Image: Geffrye Museum - Spencer Griffiths

Museum director

 12 March 2013

The director supervises staff, managing and overseeing all work. They set targets, check policies and budgets and act as chief curator.

The loaning of precious artwork encourages wider study and visitor engagement. Image: Birmingham Museums and Trust.

Loans registrar

 12 March 2013

Loans registrars set conditions for the loan of historic items and art pieces. These may be a collections’ general conditions or special conditions for particular items.

An historian's work may overlap with the work of researchers, archivists and archaeologists.


 12 March 2013

Historians use sources to study the past. Their work in heritage sites may overlap with that of researchers.

Jodrell mycology collection

Documentation staff

 12 March 2013

As well as recording items in the collection, documentation staff keep records of the activities of the collection.

Curators are responsible for the development of the collection, right the way to the final display. Image: RBG Kew.


 12 March 2013

Curators are responsible for managing and developing the collection, making sure it is kept and displayed appropriately.

Conservators examine each item to assess and record damage.


 12 March 2013

Conservators can work on all items in a heritage collection, from textiles to buildings. They are concerned with items' physical conditions.

The collections manager oversees the physical condition of the collection. Image: Birmingham Museums and Trust.

Collections manager

 12 March 2013

A collections manager deals with the physical condition of the collection, making it accessible to as many people as possible.

Archivists look after the material in an archive to make sure it is preserved for the future.


 12 March 2013

Archivists look after historical documents to make sure they are preserved for the future.

The day-to-day tasks of an archaeologist can vary, depending on where they work.


 12 March 2013

Archaeologists find out about the past by studying ancient sites and objects.

Archaeologist John Schofield is the Head of the Archaeology Department, where he teaches the next generation to explore the past. Image: Dr.

John Schofield, archaeologist

 11 March 2013

John Schofield gives tips and expert insight into the world of archaeology and shares how he entered his career.

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