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Internship at National Maritime Museum

From: Birthe Christensen <bchristensen<-at->
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Organic Conservation Internship
National Maritime Museum

funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Closing date: 25 October 2013

Purpose: Work to develop and learn the skills necessary to maintain,
conserve and restore to museum specifications the nation's
collection of historic organic objects including ship models.

To fully participate in the training and assessment process to
develop and demonstrate a range of skills.

Key Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern is expected
to help deliver the Museum's key objectives whilst learning new
skills. The intern's responsibilities encompass following

Learn and develop the skills of organic objects conservator under
    the guidance of the appointed supervisor.

    Maintain, conserve and restore objects of predominantly organic
    origin to support the Museum's public programme to agreed
    deadline, time and standard under the supervision of the
    appointed supervisor.

    Study, and contribute to, the care of collections (preservation)
    programme as required.

    Learn to conduct assessments and produce condition reports on
    objects and advise on the suitability for display, loan,
    acquisition, transport etc. as required.

    Learn to advise on the design of mechanical parts or mounts
    needed for relevant objects.

    Record development progress using a daily work record.

    Give and receive feedback on work performance and development
    with appointed supervisor and Head of Section.

    Help maintain a positive approach in the workplace, seek clarity
    to resolve misunderstandings.

    Contribute to the general housekeeping in the organic
    conservation workshop including ensuring the workshop and
    machinery comply with all health and safety legislation needed
    for this area.

The above mentioned tasks are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and
the post holder may be called upon to the carry out such other
appropriate duties as may be required by the Museum within the
competence of the post holder.

Skills and Experience:


    Demonstrable work experience in the treatment of historical
    organic objects

    Interest in ship model manufacture and conservation

    Good manual dexterity and familiarity with a wide range of small

    Ability to take instruction; work on one's own or as part of a

    Committed to personal development, a self- starter, resilient
    and enthusiastic

    Good observation and reporting skills including computer
    competency/IT skills

    Effective communication skills: Must be friendly, polite,
    approachable and helpful to colleagues, managers and visitors

    Clear written communication skills in order to complete work
    records: accuracy and neatness

    Can analyse a problem and distinguish between cause and effect

    Inspire confidence and clarify uncertainty

    Clear and logical thinking required to deal positively with
    problems occurring


    Degree in conservation

    Work experience in a museum environment or heritage sector

    Knowledge of chemistry or applied science, preferably to A level

The internship will last for up to 12 months.

For further information and application details please visit


Birthe Christensen
Head of Conservation and Preservation
Royal Museums Greenwich
National Maritime Museum
Royal Observatory Greenwich
The Queen's House
Cutty Sark
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
direct +44 208 312 6504

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