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Subject: Position at Public Record Office, Kew

Position at Public Record Office, Kew

From: Crook David <david.crook>
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998
Digital Imaging Technician
Temporary Post

Applications are invited for a temporary post of digital imaging
technician to undertake a six-month pilot project, based in the
Conservation Department of the Public Record Office at Kew, Surrey,
United Kingdom, to create and store images of about 4,000 catalogued
seals in the Public Record Office. The project is funded by the
Pilgrim Trust and the Marc Fitch Fund, under the auspices of the
British Records Association, and supported by the Public Record
Office.

Essential qualifications and experience: You must be capable of
consistently careful handling and sympathetic treatment of fragile
original wax seals, mainly attached to deeds, and of ensuring that
neither they nor their parent documents are damaged during the
photographic process.  Previous experience in the handling of
original documents would be an advantage, and training in document
handling will be given.  The second main requirement is the ability
to keep an accurate and careful record of the work undertaken, using
a specially-written Access Database.

Desirable additional qualifications and experience: Experience in
the operation of a Kontron or other digital camera, with associated
lighting, would be a great advantage.  Experience in the enhancement
of images using Adobe Photoshop, or the writing of images to storage
on CD ROM, would be significant additional advantages. Training will
be given, with especial emphasis on any aspects of the work with
which you have less experience.  Some familiarity with Access
databases and the study of seals would also be useful.

Pay and conditions:  A salary of UKP8,500 gross, for six months' work,
payable monthly. for a five-day week, from Monday to Friday, under
contract to the British Records Association.  You will be entitled
to eleven days paid leave, in addition to the usual public holidays
which fall during the period of the project.  Hours of work will be
flexible, but within the time-bands worked by the permanent staff of
the Public Record Office Conservation Department.  Starting date by
arrangement, as soon as possible during 1999.

Applications, by letter, together with curriculum vitae including
full details of previous experience, and the names of two referees,
should be sent to

    Dr David Crook
    Information and Records Department
    Public Record Office
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
    United Kingdom
    +44 181-392-5233
    david.crook [at] pro__gov__uk

by 18 January 1999.  If you would like further information, or wish
to discuss the post, please telephone or e-mail him after 4 January
1999.

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