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Routes in to Conservation PDF Print E-mail
Conservation provides an opportunity to combine material science and practical hands-on expertise. There are many different and varied entry routes into the profession, from formal education to practical craft-based experience, volunteering or career change. This diagram illustrates some of the ways in which experience can be built up and which will ultimately result in a career in Conservation. 









Postgraduate Studies


Museum Studies /
Heritage courses






First Degree e.g. art           




Work-based development


Conservation First Degree


Conservation Technicians

   Career Changers



Practical Skills



Craft Skills



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