Definition of conservator in US English:



  • 1A person responsible for the repair and preservation of works of art, buildings, or other things of cultural or environmental interest.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, a full-time conservator would oversee the preservation and conservation of the City Archives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This accessible, inexpensive technique forms part of the basic repertoire for curators and conservators examining works of art.’
    • ‘In removing the uppermost layer of painted plaster from the cut-out chunk of wall, conservators discovered an underlying sinopia or underdrawing.’
    • ‘The exhibition illustrates some of the damage suffered by the pots and the methods conservators have used to repair them.’
    • ‘The action will involve curators, conservators, technical staff, warders, security and administrative workers and managers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 photographs will help conservators at the Minster carry out restoration work more effectively.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, it is traced back to the unpaid posts of wardens, conservators, and keepers of the peace in the 14th century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Probably more curators, conservators and scientists spend their time working on new discoveries of treasure than any other single curatorial activity in the BM.’
    • ‘We need first of all a fact finding mission and then we need to put together a coalition of conservators, a cultural coalition.’
    • ‘They comprise a varied workforce of administrative assistants, archivists, curators, conservators, graphic artists, librarians, salespeople, secretaries, visitors assistants and writers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    protector, defender, preserver, champion, custodian, warden, guard, keeper
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    1. 1.1US A guardian or protector.
      ‘the court does not need to appoint a conservator to handle an incapacitated person's affairs’
      • ‘The court did find Martha to be mentally incompetent and appointed two conservators, one to oversee the handling of her finances and one to oversee her medical needs.’
      • ‘For a period of time in this time frame I held power of attorney for my mother and in 1986 I was appointed conservator of all of my parents’ real assets.’
      • ‘If you become mentally or physically incapacitated and you have not prepared a POA, the courts may designate a guardian or conservator to handle your affairs, and this person may not be the person you would have chosen.’
      • ‘The law in Texas is that a child who is 12 years of age or older may choose his own managing conservator, subject to approval by the court.’
      • ‘The conservator or guardian is responsible for that elder's finances, his or her person, or both.’
      • ‘He was appointed conservator on March 28, 1933.’
      • ‘As nurses, we need to be knowledgeable about the legal implications of advance directives, living wills, health care agent, and conservator of person.’
      • ‘He does not complain of lack of visitation; only that he was not appointed managing conservator.’
      • ‘On November 2, 1993, the respondent was appointed conservator, and he served in that fiduciary position until July 1, 1998, when a successor guardian was appointed.’
      • ‘Topics for advocacy may include protection of rights, finding the best nursing home, or telling court personnel one's opinion of a proposed conservator or guardian.’