Cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship

Protect, preserve and conserve objects or collections of objects

In a cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship, you’ll dive into the world of preserving and caring for valuable objects. You’ll develop practical skills and gain knowledge about history, art, science, and the way people used to live. This will help you understand not only the objects themselves but also the context they come from. Whether it’s a historic painting, an ancient sculpture, or a delicate piece of paper, you’ll learn how to handle, repair, and protect these treasures. There are two main paths you can follow in this field. One involves hands-on work, where you’ll directly fix and restore objects to their former glory. The other path is all about prevention – finding ways to stop damage before it happens. This could mean setting up equipment to monitor the environment where objects are kept or figuring out how to keep pests away. By the end of the cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship, you’ll earn a master’s degree in heritage conservation. This qualification will showcase your expertise in safeguarding and preserving our cultural heritage for generations to come.


Duration: 54 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship: GCSEs, including maths, English and a relevant science, plus A-levels in a combination of arts, humanities, design technology and science subjects. May also hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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