• Knowledge of art history and art-making
• Knowledge of science, especially chemistry
• Knowledge of the materials of art-making
• Ability to work in a patient, methodical and detailed way
• Good skills of visual analysis
• Good coordination to work with their hands
• Good communication skills
"You need to be a very patient person … You need to have a talent for art-making. You can’t be a really good conservator without it."
Geoffrey Morrow, Senior Conservator
"You need good hand skills to be an artist is a great way of getting into conservation. For photographs conservation you are also need to know a lot about the history of the medium to know the materials that you are working with very deeply. A lot of conservators today have a background in science because what we do is a kind of evidence based approach to working with materials"
John McElhone, Photographs Conservator