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Scroll & Digitisation Conservator, International Dunhuang Project

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 Per Annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 10/06/2018
Date Posted: 15/05/2018
Reference: 02016


Full Time Fixed Term Contract to 30 July 2021

The International Dunhuang Project is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programmes. The project was formed in 1994, with the directorate at the British Library, out of a desire by the holding institutions to work together to present all these artefacts through the highest quality digital photography. Over the next 3 years the project will digitise circa. 800 Lotus Sutra scrolls and as part of a small team the post holder will assess and conserve these items to enable the digitisation process.


You need to have either a degree in conservation or equivalent knowledge and skills sets, and practical hands-on experience in conservation of scrolls for digitisation and/or large-scale conservation projects and Chinese material. A broad knowledge of available conservation treatments within the field of paper conservation and together with the ability to diagnose conservation problems and to develop and evaluate options for solutions. You should also have a high level of manual dexterity, together with knowledge of materials chemistry and the properties, behaviours and interaction of a wide range of organic and inorganic materials. A good knowledge of preventive conservation issues is also required.



In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


Closing date: 10 June 2018

Interview date: 25th June 2018


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