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Positions at Historic Royal Palaces

From: Kathryn Hallett <kathryn.hallett<-a>
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005
Preventive Conservation Manager
Commissioned Treatment Conservation Supervisor
Preventive Conservation Supervisor
Preventive Conservator
Textile Conservator
Conservation Scientist
Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the charity that looks after five of
Britain's most precious royal palaces--the Tower of London, Hampton
Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew
Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and
people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces every
built. We are an independent charity and receive no funding from the
government or the Crown.  We depend on the support of our visitors,
members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and other funding bodies. The
Conservation and Collection Care (CCC) team have a number of key
developmental opportunities for professional and specialist
individuals, who are keen to promote and raise awareness of CCC's
significant contribution towards the conservation challenge of
preserving the collection in its original setting for the
foreseeable future.  All posts will be based at Hampton Court

Preventive Conservation Manager
Full time
Salary c. UKP31,265

    This established role provides the opportunity to work at expert
    level in developing and managing the organisation's preventive
    conservation programme plus its ten strong team of Preventive
    Conservators to deliver essential conservation work on behalf of
    the palaces.  This challenging role will also deliver at a
    strategic level to achieve best collections risk management
    practice, as well as create and implement policy and collections
    care programmes, including devising and supporting the delivery
    of annual and long term work plans.

    You should be a graduate with a recognised conservation
    qualification, and have gained approximately ten years'
    experience of working as a senior level conservator in devising,
    managing conservation programmes and directing staff.  You will
    have excellent communication and effective negotiating
    abilities, which will enable you to confidently influence risk
    management practices at all levels within the organisation.  You
    will also enjoy opportunities to develop and implement new
    ideas, and your creative leadership style will support your
    ability to manage and achieve results through others.  You will
    also enjoy and feel confident in delivering presentations at
    academic and professional level, and promote the section's
    conservation work internally and benefit from building external
    partnerships.  It is preferable that the Preventive Conservation
    Manager is eligible to apply for accreditation.

    Reference: SO5-36

    There is a requirement to fulfil this role with immediate

Commissioned Treatment Conservation Supervisor
Full time
Salary c. UKP25,615

    This established role will work with the Treatment Conservation
    Manager to shape and manage a programme of commissioned
    specialist treatments for non-textile based objects and wall and
    ceiling paintings, throughout the five palaces managed by HRP.
    You will be responsible for conducting surveys to determine
    treatment priorities, researching treatment histories, selecting
    specialist contractors, writing and/or agreeing treatment
    specifications, preparing contract documents, and project
    managing all aspects of the contracted work, ensuring the
    highest standard of conservation is achieved.  Dissemination of
    this work to generalist and professional audiences is a
    necessary part of the job post.  Liaison with the palaces'
    preventive conservators to establish measures for post treatment
    preventive care is a critical part of the post and programme
    success, as is conducting regular condition checks on all
    non-textile objects and features.

    You will have a thorough understanding of the characteristics of
    materials deterioration and the conservation treatment options
    for a wide range of objects and decorative architectural
    features, obtained through job experience and a degree in
    conservation.  We look for a proven track record in organising
    and/or administering conservation projects.  Excellent
    organisational, writing and computer skills are essential, as is
    the ability to attend to details and multi-task.  Teamwork, a
    flexible approach and the ability to communicate effectively
    will also be essential.

    Reference: SO5-41
    There is a requirement to fulfil this role from January 2006.

Preventive Conservation Supervisor
Full time - Maternity Cover - 6 to 12 month appointment
Salary c. UKP25,615

    This established role will temporarily manage day-to-day
    throughput of preventive conservation work at both advanced and
    hands-on level.  Key responsibilities will include the
    accountability for delivering the work plan to agreed standard
    and schedule, and to oversee the quality and effectiveness of
    work carried out by a team of skilled staff.  You will mentor
    and work directly with your team of four Preventive Conservators
    in developing and negotiating innovative collections care and
    risk management strategies and delivering training programmes,
    along with explaining activities.

    You should be a conservation graduate with a recognised
    qualification or equivalent work experience, and have gained at
    least three years' experience as a preventive conservator.  You
    will enjoy the challenge of co-ordinating and managing a team of
    specialist staff in delivering a complex work plan within a busy
    environment, and negotiating a conservation approach to palace
    events and education activities.  You will also feel confident
    in providing direction to the team in their continued
    development and education.  Excellent technical, written,
    communication and influencing skills are essential within this
    role. Ideal as a secondment for individuals wishing to gain
    experience in managing a specialist conservation programme.

    Reference: SO5-37
    There is a requirement to fulfil this role from December 2005.

Preventive Conservator
Full time
Salary c. UKP18,751

    The key responsibilities of this established role will comprise
    of carrying out hands-on collection care and safeguarding
    routines, including cleaning the collection and protecting it
    during commercial events and construction.  In addition, you
    will be a member of the team responsible for environmental
    monitoring and analysis, pest control management, condition
    reporting and exhibition work.  This role contributes to the
    initiatives of explaining our conservation work to the public.

    You will be a recent graduate from a recognised conservation
    training programme, and will seek to build on knowledge of
    preventive conservation by gaining practical experience working
    in a delicate heritage environment.  As a strong team player,
    you will be motivated to achieve goals by working closely with
    your colleagues in a reactive environment.

    This position will be based at Hampton Court Palace; however
    there may be a requirement to work from other palaces,
    additionally, hours of work may include evenings and weekends.
    The ability to work at heights is essential.

    Reference: SO5-38
    There is a requirement to fulfil this role with immediate

Textile Conservator
Full time
Salary c. UKP18,751

    This established role will work as part of an energetic and
    professional team who manage the conservation treatment of
    large-scale tapestries, textile furnishings and costumes.  As
    such you must have proven conservation treatment experience and
    will have a strong understanding of conservation science,
    theory, principles and ethics.  Working as part of world-class
    textile conservation team, you will enjoy the challenge of
    contributing to practical conservation projects and exhibitions
    which are directed by very tight deadlines.  This role
    contributes to the promotion and explanation of our conservation
    work to our visitors.

    Good problem solving and communication skills are essential,
    together with a well-organised and self-motivated approach.  A
    formal qualification in textile conservation would be ideal, and
    you will either be UKIC accredited or actively working towards
    professional accreditation.

    Reference: SO5-39
    There is a requirement to fulfil this role with immediate

Conservation Scientist
Part time - 3 days per week  Salary c. UKP20,760 (pro rata)

    This established role will provide scientific assistance to our
    Conservation Scientist to deliver primary and secondary research
    work in accordance with CCC's science strategy.  Key
    responsibilities will also include the development of
    advanced-level scientific partnerships, materials analysis and
    advising on environmental strategies.  The role contributes
    towards the smooth running of the CCC laboratory, and the
    promotion and explanation of CCC conservation science to
    generalist and specialist audiences and supervision of student

    You will have a degree in a scientific discipline and a strong
    interest in heritage/arts.  A postgraduate qualification in
    materials analysis or conservation is desirable, and experience
    in laboratory work is also an important requirement. We consider
    that his role may be suitable to an individual who is currently
    studying towards their PhD and would benefit from fulfilling a
    part time role during the final stages of their study programme.
    Alternatively, it would be ideal for an established scientist
    wishing to change their working hours.

    Reference: SO5-40
    There is a requirement to fulfil this role with immediate

To apply for any of the above positions, please send your full CV
with a covering letter to recruitment<-a t->hrp< . >org< . >uk or the Human
Resources Department, Historic Royal Palaces, Apartment 45, Hampton
Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU, quoting the relevant reference number.
The closing date for these roles is Friday 15 October 2005. To find
out more see <URL:>

Historic Royal Palaces is a registered charity (No. 1068852) and an
equal opportunities employer.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:17
                 Distributed: Thursday, October 6, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-19-17-046
Received on Thursday, 29 September, 2005

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