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Subject: Plastic bags

Plastic bags

From: Alan J. Hawk <alan.hawk<-a>
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2005
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    From: Norman Heckenberg [heckenbe<-a t->physics< . >uq< . >edu< . >au]
    Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 1:06 AM
    To: rete<-a t->maillist< . >ox< . >ac< . >uk
    Subject: [rete] plastic bags

    The winter of my discontent has been made glorious summer, as
    they say, by having a volunteer in my museum to catalogue and
    sort. But this means things must be 'put away' in less than
    optimal storage, and plastic bags to keep the dust off things on
    open shelves looks like a good idea. However, a few years back I
    found a big celestial sphere in a storeroom, which had been
    protected by having a plastic raincoat thrown over it. The
    raincoat was now forever part of the globe. I would prefer that
    not to happen again.

    Can anyone offer advice on which materials available cheaply at
    the supermarket might serve?

    Norman Heckenberg
    Reader in Physics
    Director, Physics Museum
    Deputy Director, Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science
    Physics Department, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072

Alan Hawk
Collections Manager, Historical Collections
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Bldg. 54, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC  20306 6000
202-782-2205, DSN 662 2205
Fax: 202-782-3573, DSN 662 3573

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 07:52:57 +0100
From: Lynda Stoddart <lyndas<-a t->aocscot< . >co< . >uk>
Subject: Positions at AOC Archaeology Group

Senior Conservator (UKP24,000)
Conservator (UKP15,000 per annum)

Senior Conservator

    AOC Archaeology Group is presently seeking a senior conservator
    to manage its conservation and artefact services.

    AOC Archaeology Group is a commercial archaeology company
    employing 60 people working in archaeology, consultancy, palaeo
    environmental studies, and historic building recording. We have
    offices throughout the UK, and full lab facilities in Edinburgh.

    The post is based in our Edinburgh office with projects being
    conducted throughout the United Kingdom. The main remit of the
    role will be to manage the Conservation services of the Group.

    Applicants should have held the responsibility for the co
    ordination, direction and completion of medium to large or long
    duration projects, and should have line managed designated staff
    in a structured and professional manner.

    Applicants should have a sound background within the specialist
    area of conservation, with a minimum of 5 years experience of
    practical aspects, including report writing. Experience of
    managing the workload of a small team is essential. Experience
    of undertaking successful tendering for medium to large scale
    projects and of providing specialist advice to clients and
    colleagues is a requirement of the post.  It is essential that
    you are a good team member with a positive approach to
    commercial conservation, and to be computer literate (experience
    of MS Word and Excel is essential; Access desirable). A good
    publication record would be beneficial.

    You will need to have an understanding and have worked with
    aspects of business management and in particular budget setting,
    profit and loss analysis, invoicing, you must be effective at
    delegating and have a structured daily approach to your
    workload. You must also have a proven track record as a leader
    within a sector.

    Degree level qualifications in conservation or closely related
    discipline, and a clean Drivers Licence are all essential.
    Secondary specialisms or abilities would be advantageous, as
    would membership to UKIC.

    Benefits for this position include 20 days annual leave, sick
    pay entitlements and entry to the group pension and bonus

    Please apply by forwarding a current CV together with a covering
    letter, or for further or any queries regarding this post,
    please do so in strictest confidence to Lynda Stoddart (see

    Closing date: 21 October 2005


    AOC Archaeology Group requires a qualified archaeological
    conservator for its established conservation laboratory in

    AOC Archaeology Group is a commercial archaeology company
    employing 60 people working in archaeology, consultancy, palaeo
    environmental studies, and historic building recording. We have
    offices through out the UK, and full lab facilities in

    AOC has a fully equipped conservation laboratory, which
    undertakes work on a wide range of interesting artefacts from
    both the public and private sector. The post is an excellent
    opportunity to work on a broad range of materials, and to
    develop project management skills.

    Job requirements: Conservators are expected to be proficient in
    the conservation of archaeological objects, including wet
    organics, metals, ceramics, glass, and bone.


        *   UK or EU equivalent formal qualification in
            archaeological conservation
        *   Knowledge of routine archaeological conservation
            procedures and equipment
        *   Word processing and spreadsheet skills
        *   Good report writing skills
        *   Clean driving licence
        *   Good team and social skills
        *   Adaptable, resourceful, able to work to deadlines


        *   Post qualification experience in archaeological
        *   Complementary skills eg photography, CAD, analysis,
            conservation survey
        *   Practical experience of: air abrasion, freeze drying,
            radiography, use of hand tools
        *   Knowledge of, and compliance with, Health and Safety
            legislation and procedures
        *   Estimating and costing work
        *   Committed to pursuing professional accreditation

    This is a permanent post, with eligibility for inclusion in
    AOC's pension and life assurance scheme (after a qualifying
    period), and profit sharing. AOC also contributes towards
    approved professional membership fees: all employees are
    actively encouraged to pursue professional accreditation and to
    enhance their professional skills.

    Application: deadline 21 October 2005

    To apply: send a covering letter, CV and the names and addresses
    of two referees to:

        Lynda Stoddart
        AOC Archaeology Group
        Edgefield Road
        Industrial Estate
        Midlothian EH20 9SY
        lyndas<-a t->aocscot< . >co< . >uk
        +44 131 440 3593

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