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Subject: Position at National Maritime Museum

Position at National Maritime Museum

From: Birthe Christensen <bchristensen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ship model Conservation Internship
National Maritime Museum

18 months

Funded by the Clothworkers' Foundation

Closing date: 20 December 2014

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the National Maritime
Museum for an 18 months Ship Model Conservation Intern.  This is
unique opportunity to work with one of the finest collections of
ship models in the world and to gain hands-on experience of working
within a busy Museum.


     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 participate fully 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 the following activities:

    Learn and develop the skills of ship model 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 carry out such other
    appropriate duties as may be required by the Museum within the
    competence of the post holder

Skills and Experience:


    Degree in conservation in an appropriate field

    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


    Experience of model making

    Work experience in a museum environment or heritage sector

    Knowledge of chemistry or applied science, preferably to A level

To apply please email a CV and covering letter to
recruitment<-a t->rmg< . >co< . >uk or post to

    Human Resources
    National Maritime Museum
    Park Row
    London SE10 9NF

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

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:27
                 Distributed: Friday, December 5, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-28-27-018
Received on Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

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