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Subject: Position at National Archives, Kew

Position at National Archives, Kew

From: Julie Runicles <julie.runicles<-a>
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Conservator - Paper/ Archives
Collection Care
National Archives
Kew, West London

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Closing Date: Thursday 27 November 2014 at midnight

Job Purpose: The Conservator - Paper/ Archives is part of a team of
conservation professionals responsible for the preservation of The
National Archives' physical collection through interventive and
preventive means.  The aim of this role is to prolong the life of
the collection while also maximising access to the archival records
and enhancing the experience of our users.  This is achieved through
a combination of special projects and on-going programmes, taking
the lead as required and working together with colleagues across the
organisation as well as external visitors and stakeholders.

You will have an extensive knowledge of paper conservation practice,
and a specialism in all aspects of archival collections, bringing
excellent practical skills and an informed approach to delivery of
conservation treatments in line with current conservation standards.

You will take a full role in the on-going development of collection
care within The National Archives by actively engaging in data
collecting, knowledge sharing, teaching and mentoring others,
planning, organising and helping to deliver departmental projects
and actively promoting the work of the department across The
National Archives and to a wider professional community.

Reports to: Conservation Manager

Role and Responsibilities

    Take ownership of projects as set out in the annual business
    plan, being responsible for the development, planning and
    delivery of projects to agreed targets and professional

    Contribute to on-going Collection Care/ Commercial Delivery
    programmes, including support for public services and internal
    projects at The National Archives

    Independently solve complex problems regarding the care of the
    collection, applying a high degree of expertise, judgment,
    innovation and adaptability and, where applicable, negotiate the
    resulting decisions with peers and customers within and beyond
    The National Archives

    Proactively collect, interpret and report the facts and evidence
    to support decision-making and to assess impact, for example,
    through collection surveys, condition assessment and technical

    Work together with colleagues within The National Archives,
    building and maintaining relationships to encourage best
    preservation practice at all levels across the organisation

    Assess and manage risks to The National Archives' collections in
    accordance with the profession's code of ethics

    Contribute significantly to the overall improvement of knowledge
    and skills within the department by developing and implementing
    new thinking and approaches to caring for archival collections

    Keep abreast of conservation trends to inform projects and
    treatments, taking a proactive part in personal and professional

    Supervise and support new staff, interns and volunteers

    Provide professional advice and guidance on the care and
    conservation of archival collections

    Actively communicate the care and conservation of archives and
    the outcomes of projects across The National Archives and to a
    wider professional community through articles, workshops,
    meetings and seminars

For full details and to apply please see


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

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