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Research fellowship at National Archives, Kew

From: Julie Runicles <julie.runicles<-at->
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Research Fellowship
(Technical analysis of wax seals)
The National Archives

Salary: UKP25,306 - UKP33,305

Closing Date Wednesday 25 September 2013 at midnight

The Collection Care Department of The National Archives is pleased
to announce a new twelve month Research Fellowship focused on the
technical analysis of wax seals. This Fellowship will be undertaken
in collaboration with specialists in the Archive and Records
Knowledge Department (ARK). The Fellow will be expected to have a
background in science and a specialism in analytical testing, in
order to bring together technical, analytical and methodological
skills to develop innovative solutions for the analysis and
interpretation of a large collection of wax seals.

The outcomes of this study will enrich our understanding of the
production, provenance and use of wax seals by different communities
and the government, and potentially the rise in forgeries in legal
transactions and bureaucracy. Furthermore, understanding the
material composition of seals will help to develop improved
conservation and preservation protocols.

As a clear communicator, the Fellow will be effective at
disseminating the findings of their work to specialist and
non-specialist audiences and will bring the highest professional
standards in conservation and research to the role. Dissemination of
research outcomes through peer-reviewed publications, conferences
etc. is expected.

Role and Responsibilities: You will take a strategic lead in
ensuring the delivery of this research project within 12 months.
Working with key departments across The National Archives, the
Research Fellow will apply their professional experience to plan and
deliver the 'Technical analysis of wax seals' research project. As a
specialist you will be expected to work independently exercising
your professional judgment in making decisions and establishing new
approaches that will help to deliver the overall objectives of the

    Develop the project plan in collaboration with the Archive and
    Records Knowledge Department

    Develop a methodology for analyzing the material composition of
    wax seals using non-destructive or micro-destructive analysis

    Identify ways to deliver the analytical study of wax seals and
    initiate and foster collaborations that will add value to the
    fellowship and further the research questions internally and
    externally in order to deliver the project objectives

    Carry out technical analysis of a range of wax seals from The
    National Archives' collection in order to inform historical

    Develop a database to record the results of the analysis

    Lead and facilitate discussions with many audiences throughout
    the project to realize the benefits of interdisciplinary

    Ensure the outcomes of this work are reported widely through
    progress reports, presentations and peer reviewed publications

To apply for this position please see


Julie Runicles
Recruitment Adviser
The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Richmond TW9 4DU
+44 20 83925359

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