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Positions at National Archives, Kew

From: Julie Runicles <julie.runicles<-at->
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Project Conservators (7 positions)
The National Archives
Richmond, UK

Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2013

Working in the Digitization Project Conservation Team the Project
Conservator needs to work efficiently within a dedicated team of
conservators, responsible for assessing and preparing records for

Maintaining the balance between the preservation needs of the
collection and the commercial aspects of the project is crucial.

The Project Conservator ensures that all information on the document
can be captured and that damage to documents during scanning is
minimized through appropriate preparation. They may undertake
collection surveys to determine condition and treatment time of
documents. Professional judgment is required to assess documents and
select appropriate treatments and materials, or adapt existing
treatments, while adhering to the ICON code of ethics and
professional standards.

Role and Responsibilities

    Prepare original documents for imaging

    Assess the condition of documents and estimate treatment times

    Make decisions regarding treatments and materials, selecting the
    most appropriate available or adapting existing processes

    Work closely with other teams involved in digitization to
    communicate technical information regarding document condition,
    document handling, and workflow to internal colleagues and
    external commercial partners.

    Carry out treatments and re-housing where necessary

    Work with fragile documents under pressure while maintaining a
    high level of manual dexterity.

    Keep organised records and maintain project documentation as

    Provide on-going practical assistance to the scanning team where

Communicate with external and internal project partners to ensure
document handling standards are upheld.

Person Specification


    Graduate from a recognised conservation programme or equivalent
    A good use of initiative and decision making
    Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member
    of a team
    Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines
    Ability to plan and prioritise work efficiently to meet targets
    Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Tact and diplomacy to communication technical information to
    internal colleagues and external commercial partners


    Experience of project work
    Experience of preparing collections for digitization
    Experience of collection surveys and condition assessment
    Experience of working with a variety of materials, including
    Experience of liaising with internal and external stakeholders

Kew, West London
Starting Salary
UKP20,545 - UKP27,955

Closing date: 14 May 2012 at midnight

For further details and to apply see:


Julie Runicles
Recruitment Adviser
The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU
+44 20 8392 5359

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