Frame Conservator (Maternity cover)

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National Portrait Gallery
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Monday, 9 May, 2022 - 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.

Frame Conservator (Maternity cover)
£18,540 per annum (Based on the full time equivalent of £30,900 per annum)
Part time, 24 hours (3 days) per week
Maternity cover contract, fixed term for up to 1 year

This is an exciting time to join the Gallery as a Frame Conservator, undertaking frame condition assessments and treatments in support of the Loans programme. The role will also support delivery of the Inspiring People project, a comprehensive re-presentation of the Collection in a refurbished and transformed building, assisting planning and treatments ahead of the installation and redisplay.

To be considered for this position, you will need to have a qualification in the conservation of frames or have equivalent experience and training. You will also have proven experience in the conservation of frames in a Gallery or Museum setting. In addition to frame conservation, you will need to be familiar with conservation principles of other media, including paintings and paper. You will also need to have previous experience of couriering and the movement of artworks.

The successful candidate will be required to work both independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues within the Conservation department in order to meet key timescales. They will therefore need to have demonstrable organisational and planning skills in order to prioritise projects to meet agreed deadlines. Excellent written skills are necessary to produce clear and accurate documentation. The postholder will also need to have good working knowledge and application of COSHH, Microsoft Office software and of digital photography and image management databases.

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 Monday 9 May 2022.
Interviews will take place on Friday 20 May 2022. Please indicate on your form if you will be unable to make this date.
*Due to the nature of the role interviews may be held at the Gallery. Further details will be provided closer to the time.

The NPG are committed to the employment and development of disabled people. They 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 them that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your work arrangements.