Working in Art — Textile Conservator

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The Working In… series compiles a selection of fascinating STEM jobs in a multitude of fields. They are designed to highlight the variety of STEM careers available to students that they may not have considered, or been aware of before now. Find out where your future career may lie here.

Mary-Anne restores and conserves textile items. Day to day this might mean investigating what fabrics are composed of and applying her Chemistry knowledge to discover if it is made of protein or plant-based fibres.

She also predicts what might happen to a specific textile in the future and makes plans to protect them. As a textile conservator, Mary-Anne even repairs ancient teddy bears and restores antique dresses to their former glory.

This resource is best suited to Year  4, 6, 8, 9 and 10 Chemistry students who are looking for a different, practical application of their scientific understanding. It is particularly well suited to those learning about material properties.

Working In… Art — Textile Conservator

Video Length: 4:06 mins

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Years: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10


Chemical Sciences – Chemical Reactions, Atoms

Additional: Careers, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter, Changes of Matter


4, 6 & 8-10