Archivists, Conservators and Curators

Archivists, conservators and curators collect, appraise and preserve collections of recorded and other material of historical interest.


New workers
£ 17,010
£ 30,772
£ 54,140

Available jobs

In the past year there were 14,085 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.

  • Liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest.

  • Negotiates loans of material for specialist displays.

  • Develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays.

  • Allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers.

  • Makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage.

  • Examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics.

  • Maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary.

  • Classifies material and arranges for its safe keeping and preservation.

  • Examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Exhibitions

  • Archives

  • Curation

  • Marketing

  • Project Management

  • Cataloguing

  • Library

  • Loans

  • Information Privacy

  • Museum Collections Management

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Collections

  • Management

  • Research

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Sales

  • Organizational Skills

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.