Nurturing Conservators

The Early Career Paths of Conservation Graduates

Jagger N, Aston J | Report 362 | Institute for Employment Studies | Dec 1999

The increasing levels of self employment amongst conservators is changing the skills and attributes required for professional development.

Internships provided an important head-start for conservators' careers, with the acquisition of valuable hands-on experience as well as a range of useful contacts and the imprimatur of the host institution.

Despite relatively low wages and great career uncertainty there is a striking commitment amongst these graduates to conserving the nation's heritage. This report presents the results of a comprehensive study undertaken for the Museums & Galleries Commission.