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Preventive Conservator

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Date Posted: 12/09/2017
Reference: 01485


Full Time





The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. The Collection Care department, which comprises some 50 people working in Conservation, Conservation Science and Preventive Conservation, is responsible for the care of one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections in the world.


The Preventive Conservation team seeks to minimise risks to collections in storage, transit and use by providing best practice advice, support and expertise in order to improve the longevity, stability and accessibility of those items. In this role you will support disaster preparedness, collection care awareness training and coaching and quarantine activities across our sites in St. Pancras and Boston Spa, West Yorkshire plus providing support to other Preventive Conservation work programmes as required.


You will need a degree in book, paper or archives conservation studies or equivalent experience, skills and knowledge. You will have recent practical hands-on experience conserving library/archive collections and a broad knowledge of preventive and practical conservation approaches and risk management/assessments.


You will have proven experience of successfully planning and managing collection care projects and understand the need to prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines. You will have a knowledge and understanding of emergency planning and incident response best practice.


You will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be able to develop good working relationships and work constructively across the wider organisation. You will need to be able to demonstrate experience of training staff and/or volunteers in aspects of collection care and/or preventive conservation.



Closing Date: 8 October 2017



Interviews date: TBC

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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