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Position at British Library

From: Richard Bevan <richard.bevan<-a>
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Conservator, Gulf History and Arabic Science
The British Library
St. Pancras, London

Approximately UKP25K pa + benefits

Fixed Term (maternity cover), until 31 December 2014

Caring for the world's knowledge

The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world's
knowledge base. We have signed a major partnership to make thousands
of digitised historic documents and ancient manuscripts--relating to
centuries of history of the Gulf--available online to researchers,
scholars and the general public across the Gulf region and around
the world. The Collection Care department, which comprises some 55
people, is responsible for the care of one of the largest, richest
and most diverse research collections in the world.

This is an opportunity for an experienced conservator to work in a
small, busy team. You will be carrying out conservation and
preparation treatments on a wide range of collection items relating
to the Gulf region that are being digitised as part of this project.
You'll operate with minimal supervision and have the skills and
knowledge to plan, manage and track your work to ensure that
deadlines are met. You must be able to communicate effectively with
people at all levels, and be able to keep clear, consistent and
accurate records of all treatments undertaken.

You need to have either a degree in conservation or equivalent
knowledge and skills sets, and practical hands-on experience in
conservation of library materials for digitisation and/or
large-scale conservation projects. A broad knowledge of available
conservation treatments within the field of book conservation
together with the ability to diagnose conservation problems and to
develop and evaluate options for solutions. You should also have a
high level of manual dexterity and the ability to treat fragile and
delicate materials, together with knowledge of materials chemistry
and the properties, behaviours and interaction of a wide range of
organic and inorganic materials. A good knowledge of preventive
conservation issues is also required with the ability to deliver
training on the handling of library material to support and
implement best practices within the British Library/Qatar Foundation
partnership project.

For further information and to apply on line for this vacancy,
please visit



Closing date: 30 January 2014.
Interviews will be held week commencing 10 February 2014.

Apply at


Richard Bevan MAAT, MIoD
Trans World Media Ltd
2 Mount Mews
High Street
Middlesex TW12 2SH
+44 208 487 3800
Fax: +44 208 487 3808

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