The V&A Conservation department preserves, conserves, investigates and facilitates the display of the Museum's collections. Combining expert knowledge of materials and techniques with outstanding practical skills – underpinned by scientific analysis and research – we evaluate the condition, provenance and authenticity of our collections, helping to safeguard them for future generations.
who we are
The department includes specialists in the conservation of textiles & dress, ceramics & glass, stained glass, metals, sculpture, furniture & frames, paper, books and paintings. Our team of conservation scientists uses traditional techniques and modern methods of analysing the collections, promoting knowledge and understanding of museum objects and their environment. We also help the Museum to find new and innovative ways to store and display its collections and to establish the safe transit of objects when on loan or touring. We share this expertise with colleagues around the world through collaborations with other institutions, and by offering student placements in the department.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000
This beautiful film series follows a selection of our most challenging and fascinating conservation projects – from the treatment and redisplay of a model of a samurai in full armour, to the preventative care of a hand-woven carpet designed by William Morris. Use the left-hand navigation to see all the films in the playlist. Day-to-day stories and project updates can be found via our blog.
jobs and training opportunities
We offer voluntary work-experience placements to students enrolled on recognised conservation training courses. Students will gain the opportunity to train first-hand with V&A conservators. Placements are advertised through our jobs portal, along with current job vacancies in the department.
Guidance on how to apply for a student placement can be found in the PDF below:
Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma
This work-based level 4 diploma, developed jointly by the V&A and Icon, covers the wide range of skills and knowledge required to work as a technician with museum collections, historic artefacts and works of art.
V&A Conservation Journal
Published annually since 1991, the Conservation Journal is our informal publication for anyone interested in the conservation of our cultural heritage – from conservation professionals, to students, and staff of museums and cultural bodies. Topics range from the technical study of historical objects, to new methods and materials, preventative projects, and the installation of new galleries. Recent editions can be found via our blog, while a back-catalogue of the Journal is available via the link below.
Caring for our Collections Blog
Keep up to date with the latest archive finds, day-to-day conservation and collection management stories, news and projects in this dedicated section of the V&A blog.
Caring for your possessions
Written by V&A conservators, these practical guides offer expert tips and advice on how to care for a range of household objects, from vintage clothing to upholstery, books and papers.