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Subject: Position at National Archives, Kew

Position at National Archives, Kew

From: Julie Runicles <julie.runicles<-at->
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Preservation Assistant
The National Archives (UK)
Kew, West London

Full-time/Fixed Term Appointment for a period of 12 months with the
possibility of extension.

Starting Salary: UKP20,545 - UKP27,955 plus generous benefits
package, including pension, childcare vouchers, sports and social
club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and
opportunities for training and development.

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive,
containing 1,000 years of recorded history from the Domesday Book to
the present. Our experts in conservation and preservation care for a
huge range of documents - from parchments to synthetic materials
that cover a collection of over 10 million records.

The Preservation Assistant will be expected to support The National
Archives' ongoing preservation programmes and to provide technical
guidance to internal and external stakeholders. In particular, the
preservation assistant will support data mining and data collection
about inherently unstable materials (e.g. plastics, colour
photographs, transparent paper) in order to provide essential
evidence to inform priorities and underpin strategic planning of the
Collection Care Department.

You will play a key role in helping to deliver risk mitigation
projects such as emergency response planning and collection
re-housing as well as support pest monitoring and environmental
monitoring. You will also play a key role in the development and
implementation of projects in The National Archives e.g. promoting
the work of Collection Care and acting as an advocate for best
preservation advice and guidance and communicating this to internal
and external audiences.

Reports to: Head of Preservation

Role and Responsibilities

    Support data mining and data collecting to provide evidence for
    Collection Care's strategic and business planning

    Interpret, analyse and report data and relevant literature to
    support the work of Collection Care

    Support the delivery of Collection Care's on-going programme of
    risk mitigation for example, ensuring the Emergency Control Plan
    is routinely up-dated and staff are trained accordingly, the
    pest monitoring programme is delivered and reported

    Support project planning and implement key projects such as
    re-housing The National Archives' collections

    Support the delivery of preservation training for internal and
    external audiences

    Act as Collection Care's representative on select internal

Person Specification


    Graduate from a recognised conservation programme or equivalent

    Significant knowledge of preservation principles in the context
    of a major institution

    Proficient IT skills, and ability to manage and analyse complex

    Demonstrable proof of communication skills both written and oral

    Ability to convey specialist knowledge to professional and
    non-professional audiences

    Good advocacy skills, and ability to foster relationships with
    internal and external stakeholders

    Ability to bring an agile and critical approach to problem
    solving and analysis

    Ability to prioritise and take pragmatic decisions in a timely

    Good use of initiative, including risk and impact awareness


    Working towards PACR accreditation (Professional Accreditation
    of Conservator-Restorers)

    The publication of professional/technical papers

Closing Date: Tuesday 26 June 2012 at midnight

Interviews: To be confirmed

To apply: visit


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

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