Conservator: Stone, Wall Paintings & Mosaics
The British Museum is seeking a Conservator: Stone, Wall Paintings & Mosaics to join the Collection Care department. The main purpose of this role is to lead in the care of the collection through a combination of interventive and preventive measures in support of the museum's operating plan, and to proactively engage with the Public Programme activities of the Department of Collection Care. The role requires the post holder to have excellent general knowledge in the care and conservation of objects, and significant post-graduate experience of working in the area of stone, wall paintings and mosaics conservation. Studio supervision is an integral part of the role and line management experience is essential.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
• Practical Conservation of Stone Wall Paintings & Mosaics
• To advise on conditions and prepare objects for loans, exhibitions, and permanent display.
• Line management of staff
• To motivate and develop other staff.
• To advise others regarding specialism.
• To devise and undertake projects for the care of the collections in store.
• To care for the collection through research, documentation, surveys, data collection, analysis, and support at public events.
• To contribute to the conservation of materials / object types outside own area of expertise as necessary.
• To work collaboratively with colleagues within the department and across the museum.
• To develop new preventive or interventive measures as appropriate.
• To proactively engage with the department's outreach activities through public speaking and publication
• To assist with the day to day running of the department.
• To develop and prepare potential funding bids.
• To collaborate with other institutions or groups, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders.
• To act as an advocate for the museum.
• To change the focus of work in line with museum priorities.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Education: recognised professional conservation qualification to degree level or equivalent experience with the conservation of the material relevant to the specialism of the role.
• Other qualifications: pass a colour vision test; working towards PACR accreditation.
• Specific technical/professional skills & experience: excellent demonstrable practical skills in conservation; experience with display related activities; excellent knowledge of contemporary principles and practice in preventive conservation; strong understanding of conservation theory and ethical decision making; relevant knowledge of health and safety; good computing skills and proficiency with a range of IT systems; experience of working on complex projects; experience as a project supervisor.
• Work experience: considerable post qualification experience of working in the heritage sector; experience of devising preventive measures.
• Specific Managerial skills: excellent problem solving and decision-making skills; ability to lead and motivate a team to deliver agreed outcomes; staff management experience.
• Specific interpersonal skills: open and effective communicator with good spoken and written English; experience of communicating/presenting to audiences, both public and professional; able to demonstrate collaborative team working and communication skills; good liaison, negotiating, and influencing skills.
• Publications record: evidence of writing skills or peer reviewed publication record in field of expertise.
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