The Preservation and Conservation Department provide in-house training on preventive conservation and collection care. It also coordinates practical training for conservators and collection managers in a range of topics such as Wet Book Salvage, and Photographic Identification.
The Library of Trinity College Dublin has provided internships for conservators for the past two decades, with participants from all over the world benefiting from the expertise provided by the Department. Since 2008 the Library has been able to offer fully funded internships in partnership with the Heritage Council of Ireland.
The Heritage Council of Ireland provides annual funds for Conservation Internships and Work Placements, as part of the Council's commitment to the promotion of best practice for conservation across Ireland. The Library has participated in the programme since 2008, joint-funding internships for graduates of conservation courses.
For information on how to become a Conservator please see the following websites:
- University of Northumbria at Newcastle. MA in Preventive Conservation, and MA in the Conservation of Fine Art - either works of art on paper, or easel paintings
- School of Conservation, Camberwell College of Arts, London. Foundation Degree in Book Conservation, and one year full-time or two years part-time BA (Hons), and MA in Conservation
- West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex. One year graduate diploma, one year postgraduate diploma, one year MA in Conservation Studies - restoration of books, ceramics or fine metalwork
- The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. MA in Wall Paintings Conservation, and postgraduate diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings
- Fondazione per la conservazione e il restauro dei beni librari, Spoleto, Italy. MA in the Conservation and Restoration of Library Materials