£11,440 Average salary at age 20
£30,160 Average Salary
29 Average hours per week


Archivists and curators collect, appraise and preserve collections of recorded and other material of historical interest.

Main Tasks

  • 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.

What Archivists and curators studied in higher education

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What Archivists and curators studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies6
(C1) Biology2
(W1) Fine art12
(V3) History by topic17
(V4) Archaeology5
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(W6) Cinematics & photography3
(Q3) English studies3
(V9) Others in historical & philosophical studies1
(V2) History by area1
(L2) Politics1
(K1) Architecture1
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(P1) Information services15
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(Q5) Celtic studies1
(W9) Others in creative arts & design2
(P9) Others in mass communications & documentation2
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(P3) Media studies2
(V1) History by period10
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

18400 Workforce Size
2.41% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
1912 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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