Definition of conservator in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsəˌveɪtə//kənˈsəːvətə/


  • A person responsible for the repair and preservation of things of cultural or environmental interest, such as buildings or works of art.

    ‘the wall decoration was discovered by conservators repairing damage caused by a leaking roof’
    [with modifier] ‘a paper conservator’
    • ‘Cement repairs to old buildings are a conservator's nightmare, as the modern material does not ‘breathe’ like traditional mortars, and water damage to ancient walls is often the result.’
    • ‘Probably more curators, conservators and scientists spend their time working on new discoveries of treasure than any other single curatorial activity in the BM.’
    • ‘A conservator also has a responsibility to preserve the historical quality or character of the work both in relation to the history of contemporary art and the development of an artist's work throughout their lifetime.’
    • ‘The action will involve curators, conservators, technical staff, warders, security and administrative workers and managers.’
    • ‘In fact, it is traced back to the unpaid posts of wardens, conservators, and keepers of the peace in the 14th century.’
    • ‘The museum officials said they were planning to get in touch with professional mummy conservators as they could not locate anyone with the needed expertise in the country.’
    • ‘In removing the uppermost layer of painted plaster from the cut-out chunk of wall, conservators discovered an underlying sinopia or underdrawing.’
    • ‘The commission granted ten days for the government, the chief conservator of forests and police officials involved in the case to respond to the interim report.’
    • ‘They comprise a varied workforce of administrative assistants, archivists, curators, conservators, graphic artists, librarians, salespeople, secretaries, visitors assistants and writers.’
    • ‘The exhibition illustrates some of the damage suffered by the pots and the methods conservators have used to repair them.’
    • ‘The photographs will help conservators at the Minster carry out restoration work more effectively.’
    • ‘This includes the recording, retrieval and preservation of video art and art on video, the dissemination of information to the interested public and a symposium on video preservation for conservators.’
    • ‘Three years ago, 550 conservators, curators and technicians began packing 2,000 boxes using 7km of bubble wrap.’
    • ‘The conservator then uses scientific analysis and research to evaluate and determine the best procedure to stabilize or retard the deterioration of the artifact.’
    • ‘Speakers included a researcher in art history, Fine Arts lecturers, the conservator and director of the Government museum, a dancer, a painter and an HR consultant.’
    • ‘Liverpool is a perfect example of a group of museums and galleries that now have enough curators and enough conservators, which they didn't have before.’
    • ‘This accessible, inexpensive technique forms part of the basic repertoire for curators and conservators examining works of art.’
    • ‘In addition, a full-time conservator would oversee the preservation and conservation of the City Archives.’
    • ‘Lace curtains framed the apartment's only windows, and conservators have discovered multiple layers of floral wallpaper on the walls of this apartment, despite the admonitions of reformers.’
    • ‘We need first of all a fact finding mission and then we need to put together a coalition of conservators, a cultural coalition.’
    protector, defender, preserver, champion, custodian, warden, guard, keeper
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