conservator (museum/art gallery)

conservator (museum/art gallery)

Applying a protective coat of damar varnish on a sculpture
Applying a protective coat of damar varnish on a sculpture Mounting a scroll on the Japanese vellum using starch glue Retouching a damaged paint Fixing paint with protective varnish - regnal
conservator (museum/art gallery):

Who are they and what do they do? The conservator preserves objects from decay, normally specialising in one type of item or material - e.g. textiles, furniture, paintings. May also be known as a restorer.

What are the activities of the job? Monitors the condition of objects on display or in store and uses primarily chemical means to conserve these objects, and, if necessary, applies other treatments also to items of cultural or historic value (books, jewel boxes, instruments, arms, armour etc.) to protect them from moisture, heat and other environmental influences. Also produces copies and models and keeps records of the work done on each item.

Where is it done and under what conditions? Primarily in laboratories specialising in conservation, where exposure to some chemicals must be expected.

What tools/equipment do they use? Conservation equipment, hand tools and fixtures.

What do you need to succeed? You need vocational training, probably at university level in a related discipline, concentration and manual dexterity.

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