Archivists and curators collect, appraise and preserve collections of recorded and other material of historical interest.
- Examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material
- Classifies material and arranges for its safe keeping and preservation
- Maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary
- Examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics
- Makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage
- Allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers
- Develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays
- Negotiates loans of material for specialist displays
- Liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest
- Answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.
Entrants require a good first degree in order to gain entry to a relevant postgraduate course. Many postgraduate courses also require applicants to have gained relevant practical experience prior to entry. Training is typically received on-the-job. Professional qualifications leading to NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas at Levels 3, 4 and 5 are available.