Museum Conservation Officer

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Museum conservation officers keep works of art and historic objects in good condition. They preserve, restore and care for items ranging from paintings, ceramics, textiles or furniture to archaeological and geological specimens.

The Work

Many conservation officers specialise in one area of work such as paintings, fossils or furniture. Others work with a wider range of objects. You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for museum conservation officers is usually around £21,000 a year. Experienced conservation officers earn around £25,000 to £31,000 a year. Senior managers can earn up to around £45,000 a year.


Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Further training is on the job, combined with in-service and specialist training courses.

Getting On

More Information

The Institute of Conservation website lists degree and postgraduate courses in conservation subjects. The Museums Galleries Scotland website lists over 300 museums in Scotland. They vary in size from the National Museum of Scotland with many employees to small local museums with very few employees and often run largely by volunteers.

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the heritage and culture sector, including conservation work.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 0131 550 4141
Website (2):

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Institute of Conservation (ICON)
Tel: 020 3142 6789

Museum Jobs: cultural sector recruitment

Museums Association
Tel: 020 7566 7800

Museums Galleries Scotland
Tel: 0131 550 4100

National Museums Scotland

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