Take your career in the art and heritage sector to the next level with Plowden & Smith

We advertise current vacancies on our website, however we are always interested in hearing from talented professionals at all stages of their careers. Please send CVs to info@plowden-smith.com. We will be in touch should a suitable vacancy arise.

Freelance Conservators

We are expanding our freelancer database and are looking for experienced conservators available for standalone and project-based work.

We are particularly interested in conservators with at least five years’ post qualification practical experience in either paintings or objects conservation with specialism in modern materials, decorative arts or metals.  You will bring an enthusiast and mature approach to your work, have good communication skills and be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Please send your c.v. and portfolio to info@plowden-smith.com and include Freelance Conservator in the subject line.

Why work for Plowden & Smith?

  • Work with some of the world’s most rare, beautiful and interesting artworks and artefacts, as well as national and international collections
  • Work in a stimulating, creative environment
  • Free entry to museums and exhibitions being held in the UK and around the world
  • Opportunities throughout the year to attend preview nights and private view events
  • Personal Continued Professional Development fund
  • Child Care Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme


About Plowden & Smith

Founded in London in 1966, Plowden & Smith is the largest fine, decorative and contemporary art and object conservation and restoration company in the UK.

In December 2018 we moved to purpose-built premises in Mitcham where our team of experienced and skilled conservators and restorers work on an extensive range of materials. All our object treatments are informed by science, guided by contemporary ethical considerations and underpinned by industry-recognised standards of best practice. Staff are committed to continued professional development and training.

Plowden & Smith is professionally accredited by the UK Institute of Conservation (ICON) and employs a number of ICON-accredited conservators.