Definition of conservator in English:



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

    • ‘We need first of all a fact finding mission and then we need to put together a coalition of conservators, a cultural coalition.’
    • ‘The action will involve curators, conservators, technical staff, warders, security and administrative workers and managers.’
    • ‘Probably more curators, conservators and scientists spend their time working on new discoveries of treasure than any other single curatorial activity in the BM.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 photographs will help conservators at the Minster carry out restoration work more effectively.’
    • ‘The conservator then uses scientific analysis and research to evaluate and determine the best procedure to stabilize or retard the deterioration of the artifact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In removing the uppermost layer of painted plaster from the cut-out chunk of wall, conservators discovered an underlying sinopia or underdrawing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, a full-time conservator would oversee the preservation and conservation of the City Archives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘This accessible, inexpensive technique forms part of the basic repertoire for curators and conservators examining works of art.’
    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’
      • ‘He does not complain of lack of visitation; only that he was not appointed managing conservator.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As nurses, we need to be knowledgeable about the legal implications of advance directives, living wills, health care agent, and conservator of person.’
      • ‘He was appointed conservator on March 28, 1933.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The conservator or guardian is responsible for that elder's finances, his or her person, or both.’