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Coronavirus and working on historic buildings and sites

Many conservators, in particular those specialising in architectural and archaeological conservation, work on historic buildings and construction sites. Following the government's latest updates to guidance on getting back to work, some conservators may be preparing a return to work as project sites reopen.

As we begin to emerge from lockdown, several challenges need to be tackled in order to ensure that conservators and others can work safely on site. In response, we have created a new page of collated guidance and advice on safe working from government and sector bodies that conservators may find relevant. You can access the new resource here.

If you are concerned about the prospect of returning to work and would like to share any specific challenges you are facing as you make this transition, please let us know at

For many conservators a return to work or reopening will not yet be possible and may not be on the cards for some time. We hope these conservators will find our digest of available business support and resources on collections care and CPD during lockdown helpful. We continue to highlight members’ concerns with decision makers through our policy and advocacy work and to draw attention to where conservation professionals, businesses and organisations need support. You can find out about our recent lobbying efforts here.


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