This paper describes the development of training in conservation of
cultural property in higher education in Turkey, with special reference to the
movable cultural property. This paper aims to put forward a comparison between
training in conservation as a part of higher education in Turkey and foreign countries
(specially European Union member countries). Training in the conservation of
cultural property was first started in 1973 at the Middle East Technical University.
It was later followed by pre-undergraduate, undergraduate programs. Increasing
the number of conservation training programs, which are establishing a sufficient
ground for conservation of the cultural property in Turkey, will help to foster the
growth of a well-prepares and experienced generation of conservation professionals.
As the profession of conservation develops in Turkey, it is hoped that more career
opportunities will be created in museums and at archaeological sites and stronger
professional organizations will develop.