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Digitisation Conservator, Royal & Kings Digitisation Project

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 Per Annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 10/06/2018
Date Posted: 14/05/2018
Reference: 02017


Full Time Fixed Term Fixed Term Contract For 2 Years

The Royal and King’s Manuscript Collections are two of the major British Heritage collections, being the manuscripts from the Old Royal Library which George III presented to the new British Museum in 1757 (Royal Manuscripts), and the collection subsequently formed by George III and given to the British Museum in 1823 by George IV (King’s Manuscripts). The collections are important, not only for the individual manuscripts they contain, but for understanding the wider cultural and intellectual environment of the British monarchy from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The collections contain mixed content types – manuscript books or codices, rolls and documents and letters bound into volumes. Some works are examples of the most excellent craftsmanship in book production, decoration and illumination.


The British Library has signed an agreement with Gale Cengage Publishing to digitise approximately 2300 of these items to make them available online for researchers and members of the public. Based in the Conservation department, but working as part of the project team, the Digitisation Conservator will assess and prepare the items to enable digitisation over a 2 year period.


You need to have either a degree in conservation or equivalent knowledge and skills sets, and practical hands-on experience in conservation of books and manuscripts for digitisation. A broad knowledge of available conservation treatments within the field of book and 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 and time management 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: 18 June 2018 or 25 June 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.






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