Cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship

Cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship

Protect, preserve and conserve objects or collections of objects

As an apprentice, you’ll combine practical skills with your knowledge of art history, architecture, science, changing fashions and lifestyles to understand the context of the objects you work with, and to conserve them sensitively and appropriately. During the cultural heritage conservator apprenticeship you’ll likely follow one of two principal branches of the profession, although many conservators will work across both. Treatment conservation relates to the conservator carrying out treatments directly on objects. While the remedial conservator aims to carry out as little work as possible or necessary. Conservators will often specialise in working with a particular type of object or material, such as paper. Preventive conservation aims to prevent damage to objects in use or storage. Its purpose is to maintain the condition of an object and manage deterioration risks. Practically, this can include a broad range of tasks including the installation of environmental monitoring equipment and associated data monitoring, and pest management. On completion of this apprenticeship, you’ll achieve a master’s degree in heritage conservation.


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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