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Monuments and Sculpture Restoration

What are Monuments and Sculpture Restoration?

  • Monuments and Sculpture Restoration work on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage including artwork, architecture, archaeology, and museum collections. 

  • This involves conservation, inspection, recording, research, care, and monumental and sculptural education programs. 

  • It teaches the persons any of the strategies that prove effective in holding the assets as similar to their original state. Restoration (cultural heritage) is the method of cleaning, fixing and rebuilding damaged artwork by trained professionals.

  • Such styles of works of art could include paintings to even manuscripts to sculptures. 

  • These ancient artefacts, icons, and paintings are preserved and given a new life by art conservators and art conservation or by specialists in the restoration of monuments and sculptures.

Where can one study the Monuments and Sculpture Restoration course in India?

The famous courses are archaeology, ancient and medieval history, world history, studio art, fine art, art history, or a related field under its bachelor's degree.

Post-Graduate Level

  • National Museum Institute (Deemed University, New Delhi):  

  • Delhi Institute of Heritage Resources and Management, Delhi (Affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University):

  • Utkal University of Culture, Orissa

  • National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMIHACM)

The following institutes have offered the course -

  • National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property – NRLC, Lucknow

  • Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management, New Delhi.

  • Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune

  • National Museum, New Delhi

  • University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore

  • Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana

  • University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

What are the Job Prospects after acquiring a degree in Monuments and Sculpture Restoration?

A career in the field under a prominent restorer will most likely start as an apprentice. In this area, there is a lot to learn, particularly practical field-learning. To establish your credibility as a professional art restorer you must have relevant experience, practical training, and knowledge.

Some popular career prospects for art restaurateurs include:

  • Restoration work on monuments and other historical sites with Archeological Survey of India

  • Work at The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH, New Delhi)- it offers conservation services to private collectors and institutions

  • Work at National Museum Centers-it houses government art collections and takes care of both.

  • Become an instructor- one can teach students about media, architecture, archaeology, art dealings and other subjects.

What is the expected Salary at the start?

  • An entry-level Monuments and Sculpture restoration technician (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of Rs. 3,06,190/yr

  • On the other end, a senior level Monuments and Sculpture restoration technician (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of Rs 4,90,318/yr

  • The average base salary is Rs 4,00,546/yr


Who are the top recruiters in this field?

The following organizations recruit Monuments and Sculpture Restoration students in large numbers:

  • Archaeological Survey of India

  • Art Galleries / Commercial Art Studios 

  • Construction Companies 

  • Museums

  • Cultural Conservation Centers 

  • Government Sector like National Art Galleries 

  • Stone Carving Interior Design 

  • Decoration & Furniture Design Schools / Colleges / Universities 

  • Television & Film Industry

What are the growth prospects for Monuments and Sculpture Restoration?

  • Art galleries, art conservatories, and restoration firms offer antique restoration careers, requiring you to specialize in a specific genre. one may, for example, pursue a career in restore textiles to vases, sculpture, painting, paper

  • One can even repair antique picture frames with gold plating. Museums also offer a career in antique restoration. 

What kinds of books and study materials are available for the examinations?

Some interesting facts on Monuments and Sculpture Restoration

Archaeological Survey of India was founded in 1861 by Major General Sir Alexander Cunningham, who was a British army engineer and also the first Director-General of ASI.