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Internships at British Library

From: Mehboob Mohamed <mehboob.mohamed<-a>
Date: Friday, June 13, 2008
Conservation Internships
The British Library

The British Library is pleased to offer three funded internships in
book conservation.  The internships are funded by the Heritage
Lottery Fund, the Radcliffe Trust and the Headley Trust and run
between 3 November 2008 and 23 October 2009.

The internships are available to graduates with book conservation
qualification(s) (an MA in book conservation would be desirable) who
wish to develop their practical, hands-on conservation skills in one
of the greatest research libraries in the world.  The successful
candidates will be selected on the basis of conservation knowledge
in relation to the projects available, conservation abilities, a
commitment to professional ethics as outlined by ICON, effective
communication skills, and an understanding of library and archival
collections.  The successful candidates will need to give examples
of how they meet the essential criteria for the internship.

Each internship has a bursary of UKP10,500.  The bursary will be
paid on a monthly basis.  The internships are open to those who have
the right to live and work in the UK.

During the period of the internship the interns will work on one
main treatment project, a conservation consultation involving
developing a range of treatment options for a key collection item or
a small collection of items as well as other supplementary work in
book conservation.  For the main projects, the interns will be
expected to use a project management framework and monitor their
progress against a project plan. At the end of the project, the
interns will produce a written report and deliver a presentation of
their work. Projects for treatment and for consultations may include
the conservation of books from different cultures, for example,
Armenian, Ethiopic, Syriac, Arabic and modern and/or early western
books and the development of treatment approaches for outsized
albums, the assessment of extremely brittle and highly significant
books and collections of drawings in book format. These will provide
the opportunity to document and become familiar with different book
structures and to evaluate different treatment approaches in the
context of the library.  Other projects could include conservation
of antiquarian books; assessment of and phytate treatment of iron
gall inks and cloth and leather rebacks.

Please note that the intern will be supervised by a British Library
conservator throughout their internship and work will be monitored
on a regular basis.

For further information please contact

    Alison Faraday
    Book Conservation Internships
    The British Library
    Centre for Conservation
    96 Euston Road
    London NW1 2DB
    +44 20 7412 7776
    alison.faraday<-a t->bl< . >uk

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2008 and interviews
will be held week commencing 8 September 2008.  You will be notified
by 19 September 2008 if you have been successful.

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