Archivists, Conservators and Curators

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


New workers

New workers start around £17,010. Normal pay is £30,772 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £54,140.

Available jobs

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


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

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.