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Position at National Archives, Kew

From: Julie Runicles <julie.runicles<-at->
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Project Conservator (2 positions)
The National Archives, London

Working in the Digitization Project Conservation Team within the
Commercial and Business Delivery Department, the Project Conservator
needs to work efficiently within a dedicated team of conservators
who are responsible for assessing and preparing the records for

Digitization projects are a key part of The National Archives'
business, access and preservation strategies. They involve multiple
departments working interdependently to bring a project together,
and allow us to build valuable partnerships with external clients
and companies. The role has an impact on the ability of the
organisation to deliver large scale digitization projects many of
which have a strong commercial benefit. Maintaining the balance
between the preservation needs of the collection and the commercial
aspects of the project is crucial. The Project Conservator plays a
crucial part in facilitating the smooth running of these projects to
ensure timely delivery while upholding the professional reputation
of The National Archives.

The Project Conservator ensures that all information on the document
can be captured and that damage to documents during scanning is
minimized through appropriate preparation. They may undertake
collection surveys to determine condition and treatment time of
documents. Professional judgment is required to assess documents and
select appropriate treatments and materials, or adapt existing
treatments, while adhering to the ICON code of ethics and
professional standards. They must be able to meet strict targets and
deadlines so an ability to work under pressure is vital.

Working closely with other teams involved in digitization, the
Project Conservator will need tact and diplomacy to communicate
technical information regarding document condition, document
handling, and workflow to internal colleagues and external
commercial partners.

The role requires a recognised professional qualification in book,
paper or archives conservation at degree level or higher, or
equivalent experience.

For further details and to apply please email


or phone Julie Runicles on +44 208 392 5359

Julie Runicles
Recruitment Adviser
The National Archives

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