Conservator with the National Trust

National Trust
Job location: 
Bury St Edmunds
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 4 March, 2018

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
Ref: IRC61073

We look after one of the finest, most comprehensive historic collections in the world. We want all our visitors to enjoy the illuminating, often surprising stories that lie beneath the surface of our spaces, places and objects. Based at our Westley Bottom Regional Hub near Bury St Edmunds and covering properties across the East of England, you'll be part of the National Trust Consultancy working with colleagues on a fascinating variety of historic collections and interiors at nationally important places, ranging from the Anglo Saxon period at Sutton Hoo to the twentieth century military site of Orford Ness - from medieval interiors at Oxburgh via the Renaissance at Blickling, to Adam at Wimpole and neoclassical design at Ickworth.

What it's like to work here
Based at our Westley Bottom Regional Hub near Bury St Edmunds and covering properties across the East of England. There's no other organisation like the National Trust, Europe's largest conservation body. No other organisation that brings such an incredible array of places and spaces to life. No other organisation with such an extraordinary wealth of talent, expertise and insight. And that's why we've created the National Trust Consultancy, home to specialists in every field of our work: from archaeologists, curators, building surveyors to volunteering, community involvement and commercial specialists.

What you'll be doing
As well as sharing your conservation expertise, you'll have lots of new ideas on interpretation, presentation and exciting ways of bringing collections and interiors to life. By focusing on the big picture, by sharing ideas, insight and expertise, you'll help us to achieve our bold ambition of balancing conservation requirements with visitor access needs. You'll be involved in caring for world class collections of books at Blickling and Wimpole, natural history at Sheringham, Grand tour paintings at Felbrigg and connoisseur collections of paintings, porcelain, tapestries, clocks, books, furniture and statuary in the converted cloisters of Anglesey Abbey, and the interiors for which they were designed and acquired.

Who we're looking for
In order to be considered for this role you'll need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable Conservator who is either professionally accredited (e.g. ACR) or able to demonstrate that they are working at the accredited level in the preventive conservation of collections, interiors and statuary, including managing programmes of remedial conservation
Share our aims and ambitions and understands the balance of conservation and visitor access
Challenge conventional thinking and be proactive in championing bold ideas. You'll be passionate about making our properties, places and collections ever more relevant and engaging for our diverse audience
You'll need to be professionally qualified and accredited
In-depth understanding of the latest preventive and remedial conservation tools and techniques
Be confident in advising and working through property staff and volunteers
We'd also like you to have practical experience of providing an effective consultancy service
You'll feel confident interpreting data and using your findings to help influence colleagues

The package
Looking after you
Health cash plan - from as little as ?2.81 per month for you and your dependents
Pension contribution match up to 10%
EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career
Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
Develop your skills with an internal secondment
Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
20% off in our retail and catering outlets
Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 4th March 2018
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