Conservator: Works on Paper

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National Portrait Gallery
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Thursday, 9 September, 2021 - 09:00

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or are currently contributing to British history and culture; the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. With around 2 million visitors each year prior to temporary closure for the Inspiring People project and a strong national and international presence through touring exhibitions and special projects, the Gallery is one of the country's most important and popular galleries.

Full-time, 35 hours per week
Fixed Term Contract to 31 March 2022

The National Portrait Gallery is looking to appoint a Conservator: Works on Paper who will be responsible, as part of a team, for the conservation and preservation of works on paper and photographs held in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection.

To be considered for this post you will need an MA degree in Conservation or previous conservation experience in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper or Photographs within a gallery or museum setting. Experience and understanding of the materials and techniques used in mounting and framing of Art on Paper and photographs is essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent written skills with the ability to produce clear and accurate documentation. Given the nature of this role, it is vital that the post-holder is able to work under pressure and organise a varied and ambitious workload in order to meet agreed deadlines. It is fundamental that the post-holder has good working knowledge and application of COSHH and of digital photography and image management databases. It is essential the successful candidate is able to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues within Conservation and across the Gallery, both in the studio and off-site. The post-holder will also be responsible for contract and freelance paper conservators so the ability to communicate clearly and effectively whilst being motivational and enthusiastic about their work is essential.

Please note that most staff are currently working remotely from home due to the impact of Covid-19 but normally most of the work is based in the Gallery at St Martin's Place.

Further information about the role as well as details of how to apply can be found via:

Closing date for returned applications is 9:00am on Thursday 9 September 2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 20 September 2021. Please indicate on your form if you are unavailable this week.

The NPG are committed to the employment and development of disabled people. We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for this post. To be invited to interview/assessment, you must show in your supporting statement that you meet the minimum criteria for the role, across all essential criteria. If you tell us that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your work arrangements.