Restorers return historic sites, including buildings, landscapes, parks, gardens, and landmarks, back to their original construction. This can include the removal of additions, or the re-introduction of missing features such as moldings, paint, or structural pieces such as pillars, decks, and staircases.
Restorers also repair damage to historical sites which can be caused by vandalism, weather, water and age. Restoring historical buildings and landmarks can sometimes only be completed by using old world techniques. Restorers must be careful when restoring historic sites not to destroying its cultural value.
Restorers are employed by construction companies, architectural firms and government agencies. They may also be self-employed.
The Film & Video industry creates films, TV, documentaries, music video, corporate marketing and training materials and advertisements. This sector employs technicians, artists, managers, communications, marketing, PR, and other business professionals.
Preserving Our Identity
Heritage refers to the inheritance of the past; monuments, buildings, land, artifacts, language, traditions, folklore, and social and economic practices. A career in cultural heritage means preserving, reviving, and bringing past events and traditions to the present. Career options are far reaching – tourism, design, storytelling, and education are some of the areas in which our cultural heritage thrives. The workforce includes, educators, archivists, restorers and preservationists, architects and curators. A career in cultural heritage means preserving our history and identity.
Events, Traditions, Methods
A career in heritage preservation comes with great responsibility – to accurately communicate information about past events, to share traditions from times long ago, to preserve and pass along methods of building, design and construction. Working in this field requires specific attention to detail and accuracy. The ability to investigate, research, and compile complex findings.
Heritage workers play a great role with the community, their work is displayed in public places such as, historic buildings on streets, restored artifacts in galleries and museums, or documents in archival institutions like libraries. They plan, organize, and analyze their findings in order to clearly communicate intricate ideas to many people. A heritage worker interacts with people of all ages, acting as a resource or assisting others with their own research. They are ambassadors of customer service.
People – Connections
Heritage workers love history and enjoy connecting the past with the present through language and art. Above and beyond all of the duties, expectations, and responsibilities that come with being a part of the heritage workforce, is a desire to preserve and protect their identity and their community’s identity.
Experience as a carpenter, apprenticeship, specialized training, or completion of course work, or workshops are typically required.