The Conservation Skills Initiative provides paid metal and textile conservation internships at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Launched in 2011, the Conservation Skills Initiative (CSI) provides paid internship opportunities for recent Conservation graduates and craftspeople with a keen interest in conservation. The initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme.

Protecting our precious metals and textiles

The interns spend a year working alongside skilled conservators from the National Maritime Museum’s conservation department to restore and protect metal or textile objects from our collections. Working on objects with complex conservation issues enables them to develop their skills while contributing to the protection of our nation’s heritage.

Textiles interns focus on treating and supporting fabric objects such as flags and uniforms. Meanwhile metals interns work on a variety of objects, from edged weapons to telescopes and complex engineering models.

The interns take part in the daily routine of the Museum’s well-equipped studios. They also benefit from a two-week period working with our preventive conservator to learn about the impact of the environment on the long-term stability of objects.