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Position at the Royal Institution

From: Katharine St Paul <kstpaul>
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2006
Objects Conservator
The Michael Faraday Museum at The Royal Institution (Ri) of Great


Salary: UKP20,380.00
Full-Time Position, One year.

Closing Date: Monday, 20 November 2006, interviews will be held on
Friday the 24, 2006

Job Description:

Objects Conservator (Supported by MLA Prism Fund)

The Ri is undertaking an exciting UKP20 million redevelopment
programme 'Science in the Making' which will revolutionise the Ri's
three floors of public spaces. The Collections of the Royal
Institution include scientific apparatus, manuscripts, books and
works of art that relate to those who have lived, researched and
lectured in the building.

The collection includes the work of great scientists such as Humphry
Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, William Bragg,
Lawrence Bragg and, more recently, George Porter. The heritage
significance of the Collections lies not only in the intrinsic merit
of a particular item, but also in the fact that the vast majority of
items have remained in the building since their creation.

In terms of scientific artifacts the Royal Institution has the
earliest miners' safety lamp (invented by Davy), early chemical
samples (e.g. benzene discovered by Faraday), the first electric
transformer and generator (Faraday), the first thermos flasks
(Dewar), some very early lasers (Porter) amongst much else.

Your role will involve providing a wide range of interventive and
preventive conservation treatments to a wide range of materials,
most of which will be exhibited for the first time in this part
funded HLF project.

You will need a recognised qualification in conservation, or
equivalent training. You will have excellent project management
skills and the ability to work within a multi experienced team. You
should have a broad experience in the examination and treatment of a
wide range of materials. Computer and photography skills are

Please contact Katharine St Paul, Curator of Collections at The
Royal Institution, on +44 20 7670 2923 for an informal talk
regarding the posts.

Katharine St Paul
Curator of Collections

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