Cultural heritage conservation technician apprenticeship

Ensure the preservation of cultural heritage objects or collections

A cultural heritage conservation technician is a specialist practitioner working under senior conservation professionals. You’ll work to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage objects or collections housed in archives, art galleries, libraries, museums and private collections, as well as historic and ancient sites. You may also undertake work on the internal and external features of buildings, but not the building itself. You’ll be able to do this apprenticeship across practical conservation, preventive conservation and conservation science, and in doing so may work across a range of collections, such as in a historic property, or your work might be directed towards a particular type of object or collection such as books, sculpture or metals. The work of a technician is fundamentally practical and is underpinned by an understanding of how to assess the condition and possible risks to an item. Your work on a cultural heritage conservation technician apprenticeship will include carrying out conservation support activities as well as routine conservation procedures under supervision.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science, history

Entry requirements for the cultural heritage conservation technician apprenticeship: GCSEs, including maths, English and a relevant science. Manual dexterity will need to be demonstrated at interview

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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